What does the word semaphore mean?

Usage examples for semaphore

  1. The mail boats anchored in the open roadstead; passengers landed at the Semaphore jetty, cargo being placed in barges and towed up the river to Port Adelaide. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  2. He could see that from time to time the semaphore- evidently a novelty to them- had attracted their attention; and having occasion to signal the arrival of a bark, the working of the uncouth arms of the instrument drew the children in half- frightened curiosity towards it, although the others held aloof, as if fearful of trespassing upon some work of the government, no doubt secretly guarded by the police. – Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  3. There was very little need for the lookouts to man their tower during this practice work, for they needed no drilling since all of their signaling would be done with signal flags and the semaphore signal code which is part of the examination for all second class scouts. – The Boy Scout Fire Fighters by Irving Crump