from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tower from which signals are set or displayed, as by a semaphore, or by any other means of transmitting information or orders to a distance.
  • n. Specifically, an armored tower or inclosure above the deck of a war-ship to protect the signalmen when hoisting signals in action.


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  • Neff not only interpreted it in this fashion, but sought to amplify it, scanning the horizon for the signal-tower in this blog, that would indicate where the "group-think" had to go: "You would do well to take Thomas' advice and exercise a bit of restraint when it comes to the zingers and character attacks," he said reproachfully when there were no such admonition, and no such character attacks involved at all.

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  • It seems to have been intended, at first, as a watch, or signal-tower, though, in the sequel, it was used as a fortress: what remains of it, is about ninety feet high; the architecture of the Doric order.

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  • Then Gideon would shake his head and ascend the signal-tower, but neither right nor left could the Black Plague be discovered.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales

  • The continuation past the chapel, of the road, extends to the lighthouse, passing the signal-tower to the right.

    The South of France—East Half

  • From this a straight road leads directly S. through a grove of large olive trees to the signal-tower in the centre of the peninsula.

    The South of France—East Half

  • Blanches, on which there is a signal-tower, 423 ft. above the sea.

    The South of France—East Half

  • Bartholomew stuck to his levers like a man in a signal-tower, but every second brought us closer to open water.

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  • Her lights were seen by the signal-tower at nine o'clock of that fearful Wednesday night, December 4th, after which it is supposed she went ashore on the rocks at a small bay called Ballymastaker, almost at the entrance of

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  • ` ` We are next billed to appear, '' he said, ` ` about a quarter of a mile from here, at the signal-tower of the Great Eastern Railroad, where we visit the night telegraph operator and give him the surprise party of his life. ''

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  • The three men had mounted the steps of the signal-tower so quietly that, when the operator heard them, they already surrounded him.

    The Red Cross Girl


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