from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rocket used as a signal.


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  • At eight we heard the report of a gun, which was again repeated much nearer at nine; and before a signal-rocket could be fired, or a light shown, we were astonished by being hailed by the boats of

    The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido For the Suppression of Piracy

  • They were so far from each other that the signal-rocket was a complete failure as a device making a streak of light that should be visible.

    Operation: Outer Space

  • The signal-rocket, traveling normally, might have attained a maximum velocity of some two thousand feet per second.

    Operation: Outer Space

  • That was the field-strength when we sent the signal-rocket across the crater.

    Operation: Outer Space

  • Once to the laboratory to talk, once to test a signal-rocket across the crater, and once when the distress-torp went off.

    Operation: Outer Space

  • He had a small signal-rocket mounted on the far side of that crater, -- twenty-some miles.

    Operation: Outer Space

  • Hence, when the signal-rocket goes up on a stormy night, many eager eyes are on the watch, and there is a rush to the boat in order to secure a place.

    The Lifeboat

  • Ramsgate, when another gun and signal-rocket recalled them to continue their arduous duties.

    The Lifeboat

  • The noble, and now famous, Ramsgate lifeboat was at once towed out when the signal-rocket from the lightship was seen, indicating "a wreck on the sands."

    Saved by the Lifeboat

  • It was in vain that they made good their landing and formed upon the beach, without opposition or alarm; day had already broke, and the signal-rocket was seen in the air, while they were yet four miles from the batteries, which ought hours ago to have been taken.

    The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815


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