Meaning of SEMAPHORE in English

SEMAPHORE

I. ˈse-mə-ˌfȯr noun

Etymology: Greek sēma 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

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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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II. verb

( -phored ; -phor·ing )

Date: 1893

transitive verb

: to convey (information) by or as if by semaphore

intransitive verb

: to send signals by or as if by semaphore

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