Meaning of SIGNAL in English

SIGNAL

I.

noun

1 sign/action/sound that sends a message

ADJECTIVE

▪ clear , unmistakable

▪ agreed , prearranged

▪ conflicting , confusing , contradictory , mixed

▪ wrong

Laughing when you should be crying sends out the wrong ~s to people.

▪ alarm , danger , distress , warning

▪ hand , non-verbal , smoke , visual

▪ turn ( AmE )

▪ busy ( AmE ) ( engaged tone in BrE )

All I get is a busy ~ when I dial his number.

▪ buy , sell ( both business )

A strong buy ~ was issued to traders.

VERB + SIGNAL

▪ give (sb) , make , send , send out

When I give the ~, run!

▪ interpret , read

The brain interprets the ~s from the retina as light.

▪ interpret sth as

The remark was interpreted as a ~ that their government was ready to return to the peace talks.

▪ pick up , respond to

Interviewers quickly learn to pick up non-verbal ~s.

▪ act as

The insect's yellow spots act as a warning ~ to its predators.

SIGNAL + VERB

▪ come from sth

Try to read the ~s coming from the patient.

▪ indicate sth

the ~s that can indicate danger

PREPOSITION

▪ at a ~ , on a ~

At a prearranged ~, everyone started cheering.

▪ ~ for

She made a ~ for the car to stop.

▪ ~ from , ~ to

Wait for the ~ from the leader of your group.

2 set of lights for drivers

ADJECTIVE

▪ railroad ( AmE ), railway ( BrE ), traffic

VERB + SIGNAL

▪ operate

SIGNAL + VERB

▪ be on red/green , be red/green

The traffic ~s were on red.

▪ fail

SIGNAL + NOUN

▪ box ( BrE )

▪ failure ( BrE )

3 series of radio waves, chemical messages, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ faint , weak

▪ strong

▪ high-frequency , low-frequency

▪ input , output

▪ acoustic , analogue/analog , audio , chemical , digital , electrical , electronic , GPS , light , radar , radio , satellite , sonar , sound , television , TV , video , wireless

VERB + SIGNAL

▪ carry , pass , relay

The nerves carry these ~s to the brain.

▪ amplify , boost

▪ convert (sth into) , scramble

The ~ is scrambled into code before it is sent.

▪ decode , encode

▪ emit , generate , produce , send , transmit

▪ detect , pick up , receive , respond to

This equipment can detect very low-frequency ~s.

▪ block , jam

It is possible to jam GPS ~s in battle.

SIGNAL + VERB

▪ travel

The digital ~ travels down wires to the server.

A light ~ can travel well over 16 km before it halves in intensity.

▪ fade

SIGNAL + NOUN

▪ intensity , strength

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ from

a faint ~ from the satellite

▪ ~ to

II.

verb

1 move your arms to give a signal

ADVERB

▪ frantically

I saw her ~ frantically to us.

PREPOSITION

▪ for

He raised his hand to ~ for the waiter.

▪ to

She tried to ~ to the bus driver to stop.

2 show/mark sth

ADVERB

▪ clearly

These changes clearly ~ the end of the welfare state as we know it.

▪ effectively ( esp. BrE )

A change of mind effectively ~s a change in overall policy.

▪ not necessarily

A fall in demand does not necessarily ~ the death of the industry.

VERB + SIGNAL

▪ appear to , seem to

These events appeared to ~ the end of an era.

▪ try to

▪ be intended to , be meant to

This address was meant to ~ a change in policy.

Signal is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ bell

Signal is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ approach , ↑ arrival , ↑ beginning , ↑ dawn , ↑ desire , ↑ determination , ↑ emergence , ↑ end , ↑ move , ↑ onset , ↑ readiness , ↑ return , ↑ shift , ↑ start , ↑ turn , ↑ turning point , ↑ willingness

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