sig·​nal·​man | \ ˈsig-nᵊl-mən How to pronounce signalman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of signalman

: a person who signals or works with signals (as on a railway)

Examples of signalman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the morning of May 1, George Sherwood, a 17-year-old signalman, stood watch on the bridge as it was attacked by a kamikaze aircraft; 48 servicemen were killed or went missing, and more than a hundred others were wounded. New York Times, "I’ve Been Sounding Taps Since My Ship Was Attacked in 1945," 21 May 2020 Steve Kraus, one of 199 survivors of the 1969 disaster, was a 22-year-old signalman then and today is president of the USS Frank E. Evans Association. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Senators want defense secretary’s support in adding “Lost 74” sailors to Vietnam Memorial," 17 Feb. 2020 In Walter Lord’s book about the Titanic and in investigative hearings after its 1912 sinking, it was noted that White appointed herself as a signalman for Lifeboat 8, waving her walking stick about. Jennifer Mcdermott,, "Titanic survivor’s light-up cane goes for $62,500 at auction," 22 July 2019 In Walter Lord's book about the Titanic and in investigative hearings after its 1912 sinking, it's documented that White appointed herself as a signalman for lifeboat 8, waving her walking stick about. Jennifer Mcdermott,, "Milford family sells Titanic survivor’s light-up cane for $62,500 at auction," 22 July 2019 Clifford Goodall, 93, a third-class signalman with the 7th Naval Beach Battalion, remains haunted by his good fortune in surviving the landing at Omaha Beach, unlike the hundreds of his countrymen who were killed and injured. Kim Willsher,, "U.S. veterans find a warm welcome in Normandy 75 years after D-day," 4 June 2019 According to the National Archives and Records, Johnston got the idea after reading an article that talked about how the Army used Native American soldiers as signalmen during training maneuvers. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 John Feeney was a railroad signalman stationed in a tower at K Street NE, at the edge of the train yard. John Kelly, Washington Post, "‘Run for your lives!’ was the cry as a train burst across Union Station’s concourse.In 1953, just days before Eisenhower’s first inauguration, brakes on an inbound train failed.," 13 Jan. 2018 After he was discharged from the British Army as a signalman, Mr. Aldiss worked at a bookstore in Oxford and married the owner’s secretary, Olive Fortescue. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Brian Aldiss, Author of Science Fiction and Much More, Dies at 92," 24 Aug. 2017

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1737, in the meaning defined above

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“Signalman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of signalman

chiefly British : a person who has the job of operating signals on a railway
: a person in the military who is trained to send and receive signals

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