Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A book containing a system of signals, with explanations and directions for their use.
“A steersman who has captured a very curious specimen carries it off carefully to press between the leaves of his signal-book, like a flower.”
“Each boat was equipped with compass, lead-line, signal-book, lamp, box of biscuits, and beaker of water.”
“The first thing Flinders did, when he received the trunk, was to take out his naval signal-book and tear it to pieces.”
“As he watched her read it, the phrase shaped by his countenance might be read without the aid of any signal-book --”
“He also took out his naval signal-book, which he destroyed, lest it should be seen by any French officer.”
“Morgan kept on shedding private Red Fleet signals out of the signal-book, as the fog cleared, till we was answered by three destroyers.”
“Not only had many situations been discussed, as Berry tells us, but new signals had been inserted in the signal-book to enable the admiral's intentions to be quickly understood.”
“Between eight and nine o'clock the other frigate commanders came on board the “Victory;” aides-de-camp, as it were, waiting to the last moment to receive such orders as might require more extensive wording, or precise explanation, than is supplied by the sententious phrases of the signal-book.”
“Two men went aloft to loose the topsail, and the rest cleared away gear, while Poop-deck examined the signal-book.”
“He at once dived into the chart-house for the signal-book, and presently he and his second lieutenant were poring over it in an effort to read the communication.”
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