The signal service
Signal Sig"nal, a. [From signal, n.: cf. F. signal['e].] 1. Noticeable; distinguished from what is ordinary; eminent; remarkable; memorable; as, a signal exploit; a signal service; a signal act of benevolence. [1913 Webster]

As signal now in low, dejected state As erst in highest, behold him where he lies. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to signals, or the use of signals in conveying information; as, a signal flag or officer. [1913 Webster]

{The signal service}, a bureau of the government (in the United States connected with the War Department) organized to collect from the whole country simultaneous raports of local meteorological conditions, upon comparison of which at the central office, predictions concerning the weather are telegraphed to various sections, where they are made known by signals publicly displayed.

{Signal station}, the place where a signal is displayed; specifically, an observation office of the signal service. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Eminent; remarkable; memorable; extraordinary; notable; conspicuous. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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