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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Signal  \Sig"nal\,  n.  [F.,  fr  LL  signale,  fr  L.  signum.  See 
  {Sign},  n.] 
  1.  A  sign  made  for  the  purpose  of  giving  notice  to  a  person 
  of  some  occurence  command,  or  danger;  also  a  sign, 
  event,  or  watchword,  which  has  been  agreed  upon  as  the 
  occasion  of  concerted  action 
  All  obeyed  The  wonted  signal  and  superior  voice  Of 
  this  great  potentate.  --Milton. 
  2.  A  token;  an  indication;  a  foreshadowing;  a  sign. 
  The  weary  sun  .  .  .  Gives  signal  of  a  goodly  day 
  to-morrow.  --Shak. 
  There  was  not  the  least  signal  of  the  calamity  to  be 
  seen.  --De  Foc. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Signal  \Sig"nal\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Signaled  or  Signalled}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Signaling}  or  {Signalling}.] 
  1.  To  communicate  by  signals;  as  to  signal  orders 
  2.  To  notify  by  a  signals;  to  make  a  signal  or  signals  to 
  as  to  signal  a  fleet  to  anchor.  --M.  Arnold. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Signal  \Sig"nal\,  a.  [From  signal,  n.:  cf  F.  signal['e].] 
  1.  Noticeable;  distinguished  from  what  is  ordinary;  eminent; 
  remarkable;  memorable;  as  a  signal  exploit;  a  signal 
  service;  a  signal  act  of  benevolence. 
  As  signal  now  in  low  dejected  state  As  erst  in 
  highest,  behold  him  where  he  lies.  --Milton. 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  signals,  or  the  use  of  signals  in 
  conveying  information;  as  a  signal  flag  or  officer. 
  {The  signal  service},  a  bureau  of  the  government  (in  the 
  United  States  connected  with  the  War  Department)  organized 
  to  collect  from  the  whole  country  simultaneous  raports  of 
  local  meteorological  conditions,  upon  comparison  of  which 
  at  the  central  office,  predictions  concerning  the  weather 
  are  telegraphed  to  various  sections,  where  they  are  made 
  known  by  signals  publicly  displayed. 
  {Signal  station},  the  place  where  a  signal  is  displayed; 
  specifically,  an  observation  office  of  the  signal  service. 
  Syn:  Eminent;  remarkable;  memorable;  extraordinary;  notable; 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  notably  out  of  the  ordinary;  "the  year  saw  one  signal 
  triumph  for  the  Labour  party" 
  n  1:  any  communication  that  encodes  a  message;  "signals  from  the 
  boat  sudddenly  stopped"  [syn:  {signaling},  {sign}] 
  2:  any  incitement  to  action  "he  awaited  the  signal  to  start"; 
  "the  victory  was  a  signal  for  wild  celebration" 
  v  1:  converse  silently  and  non-verbally;  converse  in  sign 
  language;  "I  don't  know  how  to  sign,  so  I  could  not 
  communicate  with  my  deaf  cousin"  [syn:  {sign},  {signalize}] 
  2:  be  a  signal  for  or  a  symptom  of  "These  symptoms  indicate  a 
  serious  illness"  [syn:  {bespeak},  {betoken},  {indicate},  {point}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  synchronous  language  by  Le  Guernic  et  al  of 
  ["SIGNAL  -  A  Data  Flow-Oriented  Language  for  Signal 
  Processing,"  P.  le  Guernic  IEEE  Trans  Acoustics  Speech  & 
  Signal  Proc,  ASSP-34(2):362-1986-04-374]. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  predefined  message  sent  between  two 
  {Unix}  {processes}  or  from  the  {kernel}  to  a  process.  Signals 
  communicate  the  occurrence  of  unexpected  external  events  such 
  as  the  forced  termination  of  a  process  by  the  user.  Each 
  signal  has  a  unique  number  associated  with  it  and  each  process 
  has  a  signal  handler  set  for  each  signal.  Signals  can  be  sent 
  using  the  {kill}  {system  call}. 

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