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sem•a•phore /ˈsɛməˌfɔr/USA pronunciation n., v., -phored, -phor•ing.

  • Telecommunications[uncountable] a system of signaling, esp. one by which a flag is held in each hand and various positions of the arms indicate specific letters, etc.
  • [countable] an apparatus used in this system.

  • v. 
  • Telecommunicationsto signal by semaphore: [+ object]to semaphore a message.[no object]busily semaphoring to the other ship.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    semaphore /ˈsɛməˌfɔː/ n
    1. an apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, as with 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
    1. to signal (information) by means of semaphore
    Etymology: 19th Century: via French, from Greek sēma a signal + -phore

    semaphoric /ˌsɛməˈfɒrɪk/, ˌsemaˈphorical adj

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