Meaning of SIGNAL in English

SIGNAL

~ 1

■ noun

1》 a gesture, action, or sound conveying information or an instruction.

2》 an indication of a state of affairs.

3》 an event or statement that provides the impulse or occasion for something to happen.

4》 a light or semaphore on a railway, giving indications to train drivers of whether or not to proceed.

5》 Bridge a prearranged convention of bidding or play intended to convey information to one's partner.

6》 an electrical impulse or radio wave transmitted or received.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ling , ~led ; US ~s , ~ing , ~ed )

1》 transmit a ~.

2》 instruct or indicate by means of a ~.

Derivatives

~ler noun

Origin

ME: from OFr., from med. L. ~e , neut. of late L. ~is , from L. signum (see sign ).

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~ 2

■ adjective striking in extent, seriousness, or importance.

Derivatives

~ly adverb

Origin

C17: from Fr. ~é , from the Ital. past participle segnalato 'distinguished', from segnale 'a ~'.

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