Meaning of SEMAPHORE in English

SEMAPHORE

n.

Pronunciation: ' se-m ə - ˌ fo ̇ r

Function: noun

Etymology: Greek s ē ma sign, signal + International Scientific Vocabulary -phore

Date: 1816

1 : an apparatus for visual signaling (as by the position of one or more movable arms)

2 : a system of visual signaling by two flags held one in each hand

semaphore 2: alphabet; 3 positions following Z: error, end of word, numerals follow; numerals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 same as A through J

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