Semaphore

semaphore

/ˈsɛməˌfɔː/

noun

1.

an apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, aswith movable arms or railway signals, flags, etc

2.

a system of signalling by holding a flag in each hand and moving the arms to designated positions to denote each letter of the alphabet

verb

3.

to signal (information) by means of semaphore
Derived Forms
semaphoric (ˌsɛməˈfɒrɪk), semaphorical, adjective
semaphorically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: via French, from Greek sēma a signal + -phore
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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