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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “The Ruby, sir,” repeated the signalman, as tenderly now as a sucking dove.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • signalman,” hailed the officer of the watch, “what do you make her out to be?

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • It was Battermann, of course, the signalman of the grinning countenance.

  • Jones the signalman, who was standing near when Mick said this, laughed.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • “I have not seen them this quarter of an hour, sir,” replied the signalman, protecting his glass from the rain under his jacket.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • "It is a most extraordinary thing, sir," said the signalman whom we had come to relieve.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • The signalman has just come down and reported British cruisers right ahead; it will soon be over.

  • He then went to Karazin as signalman and operative in the railway works.

    Maxim Gorki Hans Ostwald
  • Presently a signalman pattered by to relieve his mate on the bridge.

    A Fleet in Being Rudyard Kipling
  • "Steady with that light there, signalman," he commanded suddenly.

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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