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semaphore (noun) – 1. A visual signaling apparatus with flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms, as one used on a railroad.
2. A visual system for sending information by means of two flags that are held one in each hand, using an alphabetic code based on the position of the signaler’s arms.

(verb) – To send (a message) or to signal by semaphore.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Semaphore came into English from French s?maphore, a device for making and transmitting signals by line of sight. From the point of view of a purist or pedant, semaphore is a malformed word. The Greek noun s?ma means ?mark, sign, token,? and its combining form, which should have been used in semaphore, is s?mat-, which would result in sematophore. The combining form -phore comes from the Greek combining form -phoros ?carrying, bearing,? a derivative of the verb ph?rein ?to carry, bear.? Semaphore entered English in the 19th century.

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