from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light, shown especially at night, either alone or with others, to make signals. Compare signal-lamp.


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  • Sparks said traffic engineers who control things like signal-light timing are monitoring what's happening at the Norbeck bottleneck and can make adjustments.

    Paying the toll for Maryland's new highway

  • Sinon, as it had been arranged with him, secretly showed a signal-light to the Hellenes.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • If those ships guarding the river's mouth were only anchored, our problem would have been simplified; but they were constantly shifting, and as they showed no sailing lights, no telling where, after a signal flashed, they would fetch next up; and always, showing no signal-light whatever, would be the others guarding what they would like to have us mistake for an open passage in the dark.

    Wide Courses

  • In a minute more, the major and the captain were crawling over the rocks and through the brush, directly for the place whence the signal-light had appeared.

    An Undivided Union

  • They were burning a coloured signal-light on board of the vessel.

    The Captain of the Polestar and other Tales

  • Star-like, Barbara's signal-light flamed out into the gloom, with its eager message.

    Flower of the Dusk

  • So would be the hovering boat -- the signal-light and -- yes! this sound overheard of steps on a rattling planking.

    The Woman in the Alcove

  • Over on Sumter's walls the signal-light was being waved.

    Charles Carleton Coffin War Correspondent, Traveller, Author, and Statesman

  • As we strolled along the road we looked up and saw a red signal-light glowing in the darkness of the mountainside.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • Night after night, in order to fix the apex of his triangle, he had to linger on the watch for the assistant's signal-light, but he did not forget that his predecessors, Arago and Biot, had had to wait sixty-one days for a similar purpose.

    Off on a Comet


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