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As she spoke, Geta lifted the curtain, and Philothea instantly obeyed the signal.

Each instinctively touched the other's arm, as a signal for silence.

For months I had received daily and hourly the most signal benefits from his hands.

The appearance of Mr. Gladstone was the signal for great applause.

Cissy sent her a look, a signal, and rose; she stood by the doorway.

Such questions were always a signal for an unlocking of tongues around the circle.

For all her dullness, it was a signal from Sally that saved Andrew.

Fear, as we understand it, was in itself a signal of advance.

It was too dark to see a signal if one had been placed for him in the usual manner.

It appeared as if the retirement of the two companies was the signal for their attack.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "visible sign, indication," from Old French signal, seignal "seal, imprint, sign, mark," from Medieval Latin signale "a signal," from Late Latin signalis (adj.) "used as a signal, pertaining to a sign," from Latin signum "signal, sign" (see sign (n.)). Restricted sense "agreed-upon sign (to commence or desist, etc.) is from 1590s. Meaning "modulation of an electric current" is from 1855.

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