storm signal

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noun

a visual signal, as a flag, giving advance notice of a heavy storm, used especially along coastal areas.

Nearby words

  1. storm house,
  2. storm lantern,
  3. storm petrel,
  4. storm pit,
  5. storm sewer,
  6. storm surge,
  7. storm track,
  8. storm trooper,
  9. storm troops,
  10. storm warning

Origin of storm signal

First recorded in 1860–65

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Examples from the Web for storm signal

  • The "storm-signal" was hoisted ominously between his eyebrows.

    Men in War|Andreas Latzko
  • And immediately after that a storm-signal showed itself, at the sight of which all the family trembled.

  • Synonymous with storm-signal; formerly fire-beacons were used to give warning of the approach of an enemy.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth