how to pronounce semaphore


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the above transcription of semaphore is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

semaphore frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word semaphore occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

semaphore is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of semaphore in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… 19th century semaphore lines were the …”

meanings of semaphore


  1. Any equipment used for visual signalling by means of flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms, which are used to represent letters of the alphabet, or words.
  2. A visual system for transmitting information using the above equipment; especially, by means of two flags held one in each hand, using an alphabetic and numeric code based on the position of the signaller's arms; flag semaphore.
  3. 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.


  1. To signal using, or as if using, a semaphore, with the implication that it is done nonverbally.

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