I. noun Etymology: Greek sēma sign, signal + International Scientific Vocabulary -phore Date: 1816 1. an apparatus for visual signaling (as by the position of one or more movable arms) 2. a system of visual signaling by two flags held one in each hand II. verb (-phored; -phoring) Date: 1893 transitive verb to convey (information) by or as if by semaphore intransitive verb to send signals by or as if by semaphore

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