from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fire intended for a signal; a beaeon-fire.


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  • Light a signal-fire with all the rum to flag down a passing ship?


  • Enough smoke hung in the air from their signal-fire to discourage insects of all sorts.

    The Silver Gryphon

  • They had fire, excellent shelter, and plenty to eat, and sooner or later someone from White Gryphon or even Khimbata would see or smell the signal-fire, and they could go home.

    The Silver Gryphon

  • Slavonic strait with the signal-fire first caught from burning Troy, here threw its radiance far over the deep.

    Cord and Creese

  • He had come to a fixed resolution, which was at all hazards to kindle his signal-fire, whatever the chances against him might be.

    Cord and Creese

  • Wind variable from north-west to south, and very cloudy, in expectation of more rain; about 10 p.m. a native signal-fire south of this some distance.

    McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia

  • The night of the 22nd was undisturbed, save by the songs and cries of the Afghans outside the walls, but just before day the flames of the signal-fire, shooting upwards from the topmost crag of the Asmai range, were plainly to be seen, followed on the instant by a burst of firing.

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief

  • "Nay, Eloisà -- that strange craft, hiding back of the great rock on the coast -- without lights or colors -- why was it anchored there, in sight of the signal-fire, instead of in the port where it had been safer?"

    The Royal Pawn of Venice A Romance of Cyprus

  • I got up one morning to renew my signal-fire, and was wondering what had become of the poor fellows, and saying to myself how foolish they were to anticipate death.

    The Von Toodleburgs Or, The History of a Very Distinguished Family

  • This signal-fire had been kept burning since sunrise.

    The Man of the Forest


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