storm signal


noun

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

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