signal

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English[edit]

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Two-aspect railway signal

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French segnal, seignal or Medieval Latin signāle, noun use of the neuter of Late Latin signālis, from Latin signum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: sĭgʹnəl, IPA(key): /ˈsɪɡnəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: sig‧nal
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

signal (plural signals)

  1. A sequence of states representing an encoded message in a communication channel.
  2. Any variation of a quantity or change in an entity over time that conveys information upon detection.
  3. A sign made to give notice of some occurrence, command, or danger, or to indicate the start of a concerted action.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book V”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      All obeyed / The wonted signal and superior voice / Of this great potentate.
  4. An on-off light, semaphore, or other device used to give an indication to another person.
  5. (of a radio, TV, telephone, internet, etc.) An 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.
    My mobile phone can't get a signal in the railway station.
  6. An action, change or process done to convey information and thus reduce uncertainty.
    He whistled to signal that we should stop.
  7. A token; an indication; a foreshadowing; a sign.
  8. Useful information, as opposed to noise.
  9. (computing, Unix) A simple interprocess communication used to notify a process or thread of an occurrence.
  10. (biochemistry) A signalling interaction between cells

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  • (useful information): noise

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Terms derived from signal (noun)

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Verb[edit]

signal (third-person singular simple present signals, present participle (UK) signalling or (US) signaling, simple past and past participle (UK) signalled or (US) signaled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To indicate; to convey or communicate by a signal.
    I signalled my acquiescence with a nod.
  2. (transitive) To communicate with (a person or system) by a signal.
    Seeing the flames, he ran to the control room and signalled headquarters.

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Adjective[edit]

signal (not comparable)

  1. Standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement.
    a signal exploit; a signal service; a signal act of benevolence

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

signal n (singular definite signalet, plural indefinite signaler)

  1. a signal

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Re-latinization of Old French segnal, from Medieval Latin signale, from Late Latin signālis, from Latin signum.

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Noun[edit]

signal m (plural signaux)

  1. signal

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin signale

Noun[edit]

signal n (definite singular signalet, indefinite plural signal or signaler, definite plural signala or signalene)

  1. a signal

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin signale

Noun[edit]

signal n (definite singular signalet, indefinite plural signal, definite plural signala)

  1. a signal

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Signal, from Medieval Latin signale, from Latin signum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sǐɡnaːl/
  • Hyphenation: sig‧nal

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sìgnāl m (Cyrillic spelling сѝгна̄л)

  1. signal

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  • signal” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Swedish[edit]

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signal c

  1. a signal

Declension[edit]

Declension of signal 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative signal signalen signaler signalerna
Genitive signals signalens signalers signalernas

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Vilamovian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French segnal, seignal or Medieval Latin signāle, noun use of the neuter of Late Latin signālis, from Latin signum.

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Noun[edit]

signal n (plural signale)

  1. signal