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[sig-nl-muh n] /ˈsɪg nl mən/
noun, plural signalmen.
a person whose occupation or duty is signaling, as on a railroad or in the army.
Origin of signalman
1730-40; signal + -man
Related forms
undersignalman, noun, plural undersignalmen. Unabridged
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  • The signalman will be positioned to be able to observe the conveyance throughout the entire lift and travel hoisting cycle.
  • The employees disagreed on the percentage of time that a signalman was available.
  • Now, he says, there has been only one railroad signalman fatality in the past nine years.
  • The signalman should face the aircraft fi-om a position where the signalman can readily be seen by the pilot.
  • He quickly sends for his signalman and has him send out the following message: right rudder ten degrees.
British Dictionary definitions for signalman


noun (pl) -men
a railway employee in charge of the signals and points within a section
a man who sends and receives signals, esp in the navy
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