Very night signals
Very's night signals Ver"y's night signals, or Very night signals Ver"y night signals . [After Lieut. Samuel W. Very, who invented the system in 1877.] (Naut.) A system of signaling in which balls of red and green fire are fired from a pistol, the arrangement in groups denoting numbers having a code significance. The pistol used to fire the signal flare is called a

{Very pistol}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


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