signalman

noun
sig·​nal·​man | \ˈsig-nᵊl-mən, -ˌman\

Definition of signalman 

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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of signalman

: 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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