signal, signaling, sign(noun)
any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
any incitement to action
"he awaited the signal to start"; "the victory was a signal for wild celebration"
an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
notably out of the ordinary
"the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party"
sign, signal, signalize, signalise(verb)
communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
"He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal(verb)
be a signal for or a symptom of
"These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
predict, augur, foreshadow, taper, call for, prognosticate, place, suggest, betoken, show, head, guide, request, foretell, maneuver, auspicate, signalise, point, channelize, level, indicate, channelise, sign, steer, quest, manoeuver, signalize, aim, designate, manoeuvre, portend, direct, bode, charge, luff, presage, repoint, argue, bespeak, target, orient, omen, forecast, sharpen, prefigure
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A sign (Latin signum) is any distinctive mark by which a thing may be recognized or its presence known, and may be intentional or accidental, natural or artificial, suggestive, descriptive, or wholly arbitrary; thus, a blush may be a sign of shame; the footprint of an animal is a sign that it has passed; the sign of a business house now usually declares what is done or kept within, but formerly might be an object having no connection with the business, as "the sign of the trout;" the letters of the alphabet are signs of certain sounds. While a sign may be involuntary, and even unconscious, a signal is always voluntary, and is usually concerted; a ship may show signs of distress to the casual observer, but signals of distress are a distinct appeal for aid. A symptom is a vital phenomenon resulting from a diseased condition; in medical language a sign is an indication of any physical condition, whether morbid or healthy; thus, a hot skin and rapid pulse are symptoms of pneumonia; dulness of some portion of the lungs under percussion is one of the physical signs. Compare AUGUR; CHARACTERISTIC; EMBLEM.
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How to use signal in a sentence?
Humans share with other species the potential to signal danger when screaming, but it seems like only humans scream to signal also positive emotions like extreme joy and pleasure.
The repudiation of the TPP would neuter the U.S. presidency for the next 19?months, it would reinforce global concerns that the vicissitudes of domestic politics are increasingly rendering the United States a less reliable ally ... it would signal a lack of U.S. commitment to Asia at a time when China is flexing its muscles.
We need to understand whether (the Chinese central bank) wants to see a sharp depreciation or appreciation. I don't think either is a good solution for China at the moment, they have tools to maintain stability, first they have huge FX reserves, they can use the fixing rate to signal their policy preference to the market.
You just don’t give a promotion, that does n’t signal change.
Packman, the director of Northwesterns Center for Water Research, said in a statement. Wastewater is an integrator of health signals across a community. Routine surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater may provide a rapid and inexpensive means to track progression of the pandemic, and may also be useful as an early warning signal for reemergence in the future.
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- senyalCatalan, Valencian
- znamení, signálCzech
- Signal, signalisierenGerman
- señalar, señalSpanish
- signaler, signalFrench
- אות, סיגנלHebrew
- signalas, signalizuotiLithuanian
- sein, signaalDutch
- signalNorwegian Nynorsk
- semnal, semnal indicator, semnalizatorRomanian
- сигнал, сигнализироватьRussian
- tín hiệuVietnamese
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