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[sig-nl-muh n]
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noun, plural sig·nal·men.
  1. a person whose occupation or duty is signaling, as on a railroad or in the army.
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Origin of signalman

First recorded in 1730–40; signal + -man
Related formsun·der·sig·nal·man, noun, plural un·der·sig·nal·men.
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Related Words for signalman

caretaker, patrolman, warden, custodian, policeman, lookout, detective, patrol, observer, picket, ranger, sentry, watch, curator, watcher, spy, keeper, guard, scout, sentinel

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Historical Examples of signalman

  • By and by the brakeman shouted to the signalman in the gray silence of the morning.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • While Tom was inspecting we rested in the signal-station and talked to the signalman.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • "It is a most extraordinary thing, sir," said the signalman whom we had come to relieve.

  • He then went to Karazin as signalman and operative in the railway works.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

  • "Steady with that light there, signalman," he commanded suddenly.

British Dictionary definitions for signalman


noun plural -men
  1. a railway employee in charge of the signals and points within a section
  2. a man who sends and receives signals, esp in the navy
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