AskDefine | Define signal

Dictionary Definition

signal adj : notably out of the ordinary; "the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party"

Noun

1 any communication that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped" [syn: signaling, sign]
2 any incitement to action; "he awaited the signal to start"; "the victory was a signal for wild celebration"
3 an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes

Verb

1 communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs; "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu" [syn: sign, signalize, signalise]
2 be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, point] [also: signalling, signalled]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Signal

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈsɪgn(ə)l/
  • /"sIgn(@)l/

Etymology

From signal.

Noun

  1. An indication given to another person.
  2. An on-off light, semaphore, or other device used to give an indication to another person.
  3. (of a radio, TV, telephone, internet, etc) An electrical or electromagnetic action, normally a voltage that is a function of time that conveys the information of the radio or TV program or of communication with another party.
    I cannot get a signal.
  4. Useful information.

Antonyms

Translations

See also

Verb

  1. To indicate.

Translations

To indicate

Anagrams

French

Etymology

From signale, from signalis.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. signal

Extensive Definition

Signal, signals, signaling, or signalling may refer to:
signal in Arabic: إشارة
signal in Bulgarian: Сигнал (пояснение)
signal in Danish: Signal
signal in German: Signal
signal in Spanish: Señal
signal in French: Signal
signal in Italian: Segnale
signal in Latvian: Signāls
signal in Dutch: Signaal
signal in Japanese: 信号
signal in Norwegian: Signal
signal in Polish: Sygnał
signal in Simple English: Signal
signal in Sundanese: Sinyal (téhnik listrik)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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