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semaphore

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Etymology

Borrowed in 1816 from French sémaphore, coined in French from Ancient Greek σῆμα (sêma), sign), and -φωρος (-phoros), bearing, bearer), from φέρω (férō), to bear, carry).

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɛməˌfɔː/

Noun

Singular
semaphore

Plural
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semaphore ({{{1}}})
  1. Any visual signaling system with flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms.
  2. A visual system for transmitting information by means of two flags that are held one in each hand, using an alphabetic and numeric code based on the position of the signaler’s arms.
  3. (computing) A bit, token, fragment of code, or some other mechanism which is used to restrict access to a shared function or device to a single process at a time, or to synchronize and coordinate events in different processes.

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Verb

Infinitive
to semaphore

Third person singular
semaphor

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to semaphore (third-person singular simple present semaphor, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) or (intransitive) To signal using (or as if using) a semaphore.
    • He semaphored his intention by wearing his best suit.

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