Semaphore Definition

sĕmə-fôr
semaphored, semaphores, semaphoring
noun
Any apparatus for signaling, as the arrangement of lights, flags, and mechanical arms on railroads.
Webster's New World
A system of signaling by the use of two flags, one held in each hand: the letters of the alphabet are represented by the various positions of the arms.
Webster's New World
Any system of signaling by semaphore.
Webster's New World

(computing) A bit, token, fragment of code, or some other mechanism which is used to restrict access to a shared function or device to a single process at a time, or to synchronize and coordinate events in different processes.

Wiktionary
verb
To send (a message) or to signal by semaphore.
American Heritage
To signal by semaphore.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
signalflag
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Other Word Forms of Semaphore

Noun

Singular:
semaphore
Plural:
semaphores

Origin of Semaphore

  • Borrowed in 1816 from French sémaphore, coined in French from Ancient Greek σῆμα (sêma, “sign”), and -φωρος (-phoros, “bearing, bearer”), from φέρω (férō, “to bear, carry”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Greek sēma sign –phore

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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