Phrases with "signal"

John Lewis Burckhard I went there, but the traders still delayed; and it was not until a fortnight afterwards that the signal of departure from Daraou was given. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry James But at last came the sunset, with delicate clouds, and a purple light upon the islands; and I blessed it, because it was the signal of my release. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Jules Verne Glenarvan, however, was not going to imitate Hannibal at Capua, and at ten o’clock next morning gave the signal for starting. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

At a signal from the brig, made by waving a flag on the forecastle, the gunboat was stopped. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

George Meredith She strung her body to submit, seeing her father take it as a signal for his immediate retirement. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

There he was, his shoulder toward me, listening and watching, plainly, for some signal or person expected, straight in front of him. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Sir Walter Scott There’s nae mark on their threshold for a signal that the destroying angel should pass by. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Andrew Lang When he reached the boat he found the dove perched on one of the masts, and at a signal from her he put to sea; the wind was behind them and they soon lost sight of land. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Tobias Smolle He was treated by both with signal marks of particular affection and esteem. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Washington Irving Seeing his fortunes at an end, he determined to close his career by a signal act of vengeance. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

R. D. Blackmore In the hut itself were signal flags, and a few spare muskets, and a keg of bullets, with maps and codes hung round the wall, and flint and tinder, and a good many pipes, and odds and ends on ledges. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Watkin Tench The signal of war is lighted; her lover, her father, her brothers, her tribe, assemble, and vow revenge on the spoiler. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Walter Scott The witches bestrode either corn-straws, bean-stalks, or rushes, and calling, “Horse and Hattock, in the Devil’s name!” which is the elfin signal for mounting, they flew wherever they listed. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

This was the signal agreed on. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

We had had many dealings together in the past, and as I had had the good fortune on one occasion to do them a signal service, I knew that they would now do all that they could for me in return. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Henry Kingsley Though, indeed, she saw but little of any men who came there soon after any of them arrived, she used to receive a signal from George, which she dared not disobey, to go to bed. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Charles Dickens I saw it just in time to signal the driver, Stop! He shut off, and put his brake on, but the train drifted past here a hundred and fifty yards or more. The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens

William Hope Hodgson And this I meant for a signal to fall, if that any creature should climb upward into the cave, while that we did sleep. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Robert Louis Stevenson Daily, indeed, upon a signal after dinner, he was brought in, given nuts and a glass of port, regarded sardonically, sarcastically questioned. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

I had an obscure feeling that all was not over and that he would still commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface the recollection of the past. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Jules Verne Le lendemain, à cinq heures, nous faisions nos adieux au paysan islandais; mon oncle eut beaucoup de peine à lui faire accepter une rémunération convenable, et Hans donna le signal du départ. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Charles Dickens Now, the Captain, therefore, made the signal to the other boats to follow him in and lie by a while. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Jules Verne On donna le signal du départ. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Henry James There was indeed a signal particular in which he would distinctly be more so. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The three visitors had completed their survey of the room now; and Loren Pierce emitted a dry, harsh little cough, as a signal that business was about to begin. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Finally he waved us to come on, holding up his hand as a signal for caution. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

She pinched Gordon’s elbow; this was a signal that she would like to pay her share. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

George Gissing Elgar took the first opportunity to signal departure. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

As I approached them Nikola held up his hand as a signal to me to stop, and I immediately pulled up and got down. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry James Francie guessed in a moment what was meant by that; it was the most definite signal her sister could have given. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

This signal for caution was doubtless the reason that he lost almost as rapidly the second time as the first. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

H. G. Wells Then it occurred to me that it was time to go out and signal for Cavor. But I did not go out and signal for Cavor forthwith. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

E. F. Benson That instinctive swallowing movement of the throat and tongue had begun, and that was the signal he always waited for. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Jules Verne Toward ten o’clock, after repeated attempts to discover some more practicable route, after numberless turnings and returnings, one of the guides gave the signal to halt. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

T. E. Lawrence At last, near noon, in a snatch of fine weather, the watchmen on the south peak flagged their cloaks wildly in signal of a train. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Clephane started up from her stooping posture to signal to Fred Landers that the doors must be shut . The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

It would be melancholy indeed if the cup were now to be once more dashed from his lips and he was obliged to refuse the signal honour. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Walter Scott Some thought it was the signal of general hospitality, which, in ancient times, guided the wandering knight, or the weary pilgrim, to rest and refreshment. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

G. K. Chesterton To your quarters and await Captain Brace’s signal to advance. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

She had even grown used to noticing Anna joggle the reluctant Jimmy with her elbow as a signal for him to invite her chum to walk over his feet through a two-step. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

And at length the perfidious Hannibal said; “We, like stags, the prey of rapacious wolves, follow of our own accord those, whom to deceive and escape is a signal triumph. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Almost immediately upon our appearance, we heard the calls and cries and saw the signal smokes, of the natives. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

This exclamation escaped her just loud enough to be audible at the extremity of the apartment, and serve as a signal if needed. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Andrew Lang When she had fastened the last buckle, and lowered her vizor, she went out, and mounting Samba’s horse, gave the signal to the warriors to follow. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood smiled, thinking how one of these daysvery shortly, perhaps — he was certain to take a signal revenge. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne If they took it into their heads to stop, it was a matter of necessity to yield to their good pleasure, for not a single animal would move a step till these leaders gave the signal to set off. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins This time the signal was answered. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

H. Rider Haggard Then the sentry would blow his horn, either as a signal or in token of defiance, bound from the rock, and vanish. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

M. R. James Long said he saw Paxton some distance ahead, running and waving his stick, as if he wanted to signal to people who were on ahead of him. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Wilkie Collins The signal is simplicity itself; we can’t misunderstand each other. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

William Makepeace Thackeray It rang when the “Amazon” was on fire, and chimed its heroic signal of duty, and courage, and honor. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

The signal was given, the dogs, straining at their leashes, were uncoupled, and the hunt began. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Jules Verne This was the signal for renewed cries of still greater intensity. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Baldwin Spencer During the Engwura ceremony, for example, it was the signal used to call up the men who had been away from the ground while the ceremony was being prepared. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Walter Besant If they could keep the place, they could signal friends at sea, who were expected daily, with supplies of arms and officers. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Joseph Furphy That was the signal for me to clear; and in fifteen minutes I had all my stock in safety-bar poor Monkey; and I never saw him from that day to this. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Charles Dickens He heard them shout the moment after as a signal that they had halted and were waiting for him. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

If I gave the signal and it proved not to be the man, I should irretrievably spoil all chance of success. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

It ended by signal abruptly, nowhere in particular, between two lamp-posts before a large drapery establishment — a long range of shops already lapped up in sheets of corrugated iron for the night. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Jules Verne C’est le mot du professeur, qui, après avoir baptisé cet îlot volcanique du nom de son neveu, donne le signal de rembarquement. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Watkin Tench But if they sometimes injured us, to compensate they were often of signal benefit to those who needed their assistance: two instances of which had recently occurred. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

At Parma this was a signal honour, and far above the rank which the Coadjutor held in society. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Abraham Merri As if it were a signal there sprang out in the pale azure of the western sky row upon row of cirrus cloudlets, rank upon rank of them, thrusting their heads into the path of the setting sun. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells But a lurking dread of the Selenites made me hesitate to signal my whereabouts by hoisting one of our sleeping-blankets on to the adjacent scrub. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

A streak of light darted and disappeared, like a signal for the murmurs of two voices. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Turning out of the mews, the car passed a man standing by the kerb, and the driver made a signal with his hand. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

James Joyce It was the signal for their onset. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The signal post which announces when any vessels are in sight of the island is directly before my window, and often do I look to it with a heart sick ‘from hope deferred. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Jules Verne On fit le signal de revenir au tender, déjà éloigné. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Once more a signal broke out, and again the officer reported. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jules Verne Il leur fit le signal de rallier. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

He was positive that the signal gave him a ‘clear’; the signalman was equally confident that he had never pulled it off the ‘danger. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

H. Rider Haggard Here they stopped for a week or so, enjoying themselves very much in their new surroundings, till at length Arthur grew tired of the islands, which was of course the signal for their departure. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing This was the signal for Earwaker’s rising, and in a few minutes both men had left the house. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

R. D. Blackmore These feelings impelled him to produce a creaking of the heavy vestry door, a well-known signal for his daughter to slip out of the chancel pew and come to him. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Meanwhile the unfortunate master of the house returned home, and at the accustomed signal the doors were opened by the robbers, and on the entrance of the carriage, instantly relocked. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Abraham Merri He gave a signal to our guards — and I wondered what influence the Russian had attained, for promptly, without question, they drew aside. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Some time before she had gone in for a love affair, which would not do at any price, caused some stir at the Hall, and came to signal grief: though I have not time to tell of it here. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

The signal was answered by a nod from Wayman, and then Black Milsom descended the three steps, and pushed his way to the bar. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Lewis Carroll Each gazed eagerly from her carriage window, holding up her handkerchief as a signal to her friend. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Ralph Waldo Emerson The priest is glad if his prayers or his sermon meet the condition of any soul; if of two, if of ten, ‘tis a signal success. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The duke exchanged a signal with them. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet I trust, my dears, even now, when years have weighed me down, that the scream of a woman in distress would be a signal which would draw me to her aid while these old limbs could bear me. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell After some consideration, Philip knocked at the closed shutter, and the signal seemed to be well understood. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Florence Dixie This was the signal for two more Indians to start off in the same manner as the first two had done, only in exactly an opposite direction. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The signal to rise from the meal was given almost abruptly. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H. Rider Haggard What if they waited a signal to cast him down? It might well be so. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

No one was to move until Black Eagle gave the signal by firing his revolver. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Upon this they adjourned to the outside of the dwelling, where the old man gave a loud cooay as a signal for his daughters to return home from their work. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Sinclair Lewis She concentrated on it, wondering if by some magic she might not have a signal from him, but she could get no feeling of his looking toward her. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson I concluded that this must be a signal to Northmour’s associates on shore; and, stepping forth into the links, looked around me for something in response. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray There was here quite a lively little treble knock; and when the old man said, “But I loved thee better than all the world, Eliza,” the affirmative signal was briskly repeated. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Jules Verne They listened and looked, but no signal of recognition was returned. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu John Evans had been placed at the mill to signal to the people above at Hazelden, by a musket-shot, the arrival of Lord Verney at that stage of his progress. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

This was the signal which he himself was in the habit of giving his master in case of danger when the latter was with Madame de Sauve and Orthon was keeping guard. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Is there a signal at either end of the platform?” “Yes, sir; at the further end. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Virginia Woolf She never ceased blushing till she had reached her country house, which, considering the time it takes four horses to trot thirty miles, will be taken, we hope, as a signal proof of her chastity. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Jules Verne Vers une heure, le capitaine Nemo donna le signal de la halte. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

The citizens of Nissa, who had throughout mistrusted the Crusaders, and were prepared for the worst, sallied out immediately, and took signal vengeance. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Leon Trotsky We gave the signal for a temporary discontinuance of the large meetings. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne Le samedi matin, le docteur donna le signal du départ. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Then one day he pulls the signal off in sheer bravado—and hastily puts it at danger again. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

So, making a signal to her sister, she pleaded that she was very tired and thought it would be best if they both went to bed. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Then without warning, on receiving a signal from below, these two, to all appearances eminently peaceable gentlemen, drew revolvers from their pockets and covered the astonished officers. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

George Eliot It was not very long, hardly more than a quarter of an hour, before the knock which told that the jury had come to their decision fell as a signal for silence on every ear. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith It comes as though she had withdrawn the bandage from her forehead and dropped a leaden glance on them, like a great dame angry to have her signal misinterpreted. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

This was the signal for French and English to do the same; and they who, until that moment, had looked at each other with restless uncertainty, fraternized on the spot. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

James Hogg He pushed him without resistance into the dark shaded close, made another signal to me, and hasted up the close to Lucky Sudds’ door. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Whatever the real intention may have been, there was a widespread belief that this was the signal for a general attack on the C.N.T. by the Civil Guards and the P.S.U.C. (Communists and Socialists). Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

It was at vespers, it was during the chanting of the vesper service, that she finally read the secret signal for her departure, which long she had been looking for. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Toward dusk the reddish ants, which may be termed quarriers, gave up work, and this was the signal for the workers below to return home. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Henry James Since he was to obey his young woman’s signal I must equally make out where it would take him, and one splendid morning we started over the Simplon in a post-chaise. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

And it was a joyful reaction which emboldened me to signal to him with a raised arm across that cafe. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

The signal was successful, for shortly he saw the usual star which showed that Sir Hannibal had rounded the curve with a candle. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Jules Verne Enfin des coups de fusil se firent entendre, des détonations régulièrement espacées comme un signal de reconnaissance. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Jacques Futrelle As they started forward a revenue cutter which had been hovering about Sandy Hook put toward them, flying some signal at her masthead. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

It was the signal for opening the Court, and the Inquisitors entered upon their office. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was thought possible to launch a boat and tow the Regent from her place of danger; and with this view a signal of distress was made and a gun fired with a red-hot poker from the galley. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Supposons ensuite toutes nos pièces en position, chacune avec son tir réglé, une atmosphère calme et favorable, enfin le signal général donné par un fil électrique . Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Baldwin Spencer At a signal from the Chantchwa all sit down in a line, and with arms folded across their breasts sing the following words for some time:—“Ulgaranti alkwarai lathrik alkwaranti ulgaraa-a. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It was the signal agreed on between him and Diana. He threw his ladder up to the balcony, it had six hooks to it, and was sure to fasten itself somewhere. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton He glanced up at the balcony, lifting his hand to signal to her; but she was not there. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Ann Radcliffe This they accomplished; but in the mean time the signal of surprize was given, and instantly the alarm bell rang out, and the castle resounded with the clang of arms. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Jules Verne Ce que j’en fais est dans l’intérêt de tous, et je suis disposé à partir dès que son honneur donnera le signal du départ. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

A signal is given and they begin to fight. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith The boat’s head had been put about for Venice, and they were among the dusky-red Chioggian sails in fishing quarters, expecting momently a campanile to signal the sea-city over the level. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Gissing He went down to the entrance, and there found Mrs. Hewett. Her coming at all was enough to signal some disaster, and the trouble on her face caused Sidney to regard her with silent interrogation. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

When they were resting, the soldiers used to give me a treat by teaching me how to signal and by showing me their heavy guns. In the World by Maksim Gorky

William Makepeace Thackeray W., observed a vessel with a signal of distress flying. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins Another signal coming! “We were both down in the cabin, occupied in finishing our dinner —” “Just sitting down to lunch, Joseph.” “My dear! I ought to know. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Jules Verne Une longue corde, à laquelle je m’attacherai, vous permettra de me descendre et de me retirer à un signal convenu. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

Walter Scott The conclusion of the breakfast was a signal for the separation of the company. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Jules Verne A midi, le guide donna le signal du départ. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Dickens That night, on every hill within sight of Durham, signal fires were seen to blaze. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

H. G. Wells This was the signal for a general assembly. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Whither could they fly? At the first signal of retreat, the whole army of the Inca would be upon them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Watkin Tench Colbee no longer hesitated, but gave them the signal of invitation, in a loud hollow cry. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Arthur Conan Doyle Lord John held up his hand as a signal for us to stop, and he made his way swiftly, stooping and running, to the line of rocks. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jules Verne Après une demi-heure de halte, le seigneur Kéraban donna à ses compagnons le signal du départ, et ils se dirigèrent vers le quai où les attendait le bac. Kéreban le Tétu by Jules Verne [1883]

Edith Wharton Remembering Pellerin’s signal across the crowd, he reproached himself for not having answered it more promptly. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle God bless King Monmouth and the Protestant religion!’ The trumpeters struck up a flourish and the people huzzaed, but the Mayor raised his thin white hands as a signal for silence. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Merely stopping to give the signal to Hickory, he hastened after her with rapid but cautious steps. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith After signal efforts to lift her up, the verdict was that their Aunt Lupin did no credit to her sex. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

And you know mighty well, you ain’t got any man-of-war to signal now. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jules Verne Ainsi s’écoula la dernière nuit passée au Fort–Providence. Le lendemain, dès l’aube, Hatteras donna le signal du départ. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

William Makepeace Thackeray I have seen one ship at sea answering another’s signal so. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Walter Scott At length he stood free in the court-yard, and looking up to the tower, saw a signal made with a handkerchief from the window. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

E. F. Benson We were to leave the car well out of sight of Achnaleish, and — supposing the signal was in my window — steal up from all sides to command the house from every direction. The Shootings Of Achnaleish by E. F. Benson

D. H. Lawrence Then he saw Birkin rise and signal to him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft It was plain that he had nothing to discuss with me when in this condition — and I noticed that he did not even trouble to give the old three-and-two signal when ringing the doorbell. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Washington Irving As he passed along he would every now and then draw a maravedi out of his pocket and bestow it on a beggar, with an air of signal beneficence. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Thomas Hardy The curfew was still rung in Casterbridge, and it was utilized by the inhabitants as a signal for shutting their shops. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

We marked its course with eager questionings; and, when we saw that it evidently made for shore, we descended to the only practicable landing place, and hoisted a signal to direct them. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

There’s no signal up at present, or he would have shown more interest and his movements would not have been so unconcerned. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

His departure, in December 1850, was the signal for an outburst of feeling among officers, soldiers, and all who knew him. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Walter Scott Under cover of this din, I endeavoured to answer Willie’s signal by whistling, as loud as I could —— Come back again and loe me When a’ the lave are gane. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

George Meredith Though the cure of the soul is often the entire and total cure of the body: and it’s maliciously said that the body given over to our treatment is a signal to set the soul flying. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Meredith I see the carriage, and there are three stout fellows in it who could trip and muzzle you at a signal from me before you could count the letters of your father’s baptismal name. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope One man omitted to give a signal at one time, and another at another. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Jules Verne This was the signal for the amusements to begin. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Benjamin Disraeli At that moment the yacht hoisted a signal — upon a white ground a crimson heart — whereupon Spiridion, drawing from his breast a letter, kissed it twice, and bounded away. The Consul’s Daughter by Benjamin Disraeli

Jules Verne Ce fut le signal d’une épouvantable scène de cannibalisme. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Isabella Bird I was afterwards at a party at New York, where a gentleman who had been at Spencer–Wood attempted to introduce one of these games, but it was received with gravity, and proved a signal failure. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

His wife he has thrown over for J——; and gives for such conduct reasons of signal meanness (she bore him too many children; notice that J—— has borne him none). Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Willa Cather The pleasant vigor of his person was always delightful to her, something to signal to and laugh with in a world of negative people. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H. G. Wells To the right of him a wild riot of signal rockets from the Ostrogites banged tumultuously in the sky. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells My wife pointed out to me the brightness of the red, green, and yellow signal lights hanging in a framework against the sky. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli But sunset in this land is not the signal merely for the evidence of human existence. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

George Meredith When cooled and refreshed, Agostino gave the signal for departure, and returned thanks for hospitality. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jules Verne Quelque feu, ce soir-là, allait-il apparaître encore à la crête des collines environnantes? Quelque signal serait-il fait que le guide viendrait plus tard surprendre?. Kéreban le Tétu by Jules Verne [1883]

He seemed very thoughtful for Evelyn. It was the signal for all of us to disperse, the ladies to their rooms, the men to the only retreat left to them, the smoking-room. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli A gentle dallying with a whiting, that chicken of the ocean, was not a signal for a panegyric of the darker attraction of a matelotte à la royale. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

At last, Monsieur Madinier gave the signal for departure. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sir Richard Burton He ceased not to signal with his hand wherever he was minded to go, so I carried him about the island, like a captive slave, and he dismounted not night or day. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Elizabeth Gaskell The signal was a piece of white linen hung out of a side window. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Charles Dickens The signal had been secured by the first pirate party that landed; his hair was all singed off, and his face was blackened with the running pitch from a torch. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The ship who fired that signal is a German man-of-war, and you see we are stopping. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

I saw him signal a sampan to come alongside, get into it, and go off in the direction of a cluster of local steamers anchored close inshore. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

From this date until the publication of Tom Jones in 1749, Fielding produced no work of signal importance, and his personal history for the next few years is exceedingly obscure. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Arthur Conan Doyle Mr. Snelling has shown great strength of mind, and rendered signal service to psychic study, by taking a strong line, and putting his professional reputation as an expert upon the scales. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Willa Cather Thea reached for the bell and rang twice, — a signal to her maid to order her breakfast. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Ann Radcliffe After surveying the situation, they pitched upon a spot where the rock appeared most accessible, and which was contiguous to the principal gate, and gave signal to the clan. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Jules Verne The signal was given by Manoel, and Torres and Benito stepped forward. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

George Meredith He pitched his half-crowns to the turnpike-men, and sought to propitiate Fortune by displaying a signal indifference to small change; in which method of courting her he was perfectly serious. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne A six heures, le professeur donna le signal d’embarquer. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Eager to quit the dismal prison-bay, they had viewed Mr Frere’s persistent fishing with disgust, and had for the previous half hour longed to hear the signal of recall which had just startled them. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arnold Bennett He stopped in the hall until she had had time to fly, and then he lit a match as a signal which surely no carelessness could miss. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Word must be sent to our partisans in the palace, and a signal agreed upon. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Jules Verne He still hesitated to give the signal for departure; but that would have driven Herbert to despairkilled him perhaps. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Come and see us; if he has gone to the assault, and we have any reason to hope that he will stay away for some time, I shall be at the window, and I shall give you a signal to come up. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

But just as the guard was about to give his signal the station master stayed his hand. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jules Verne Une quarantaine de voyageurs avaient déjà quitté leurs places, et parmi eux le colonel Stamp W. Proctor. Le train était arrêté devant un signal tourné au rouge qui fermait la voie. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

A signal to sleeping soldiers to dream of battlefields no more, but get up and have their blue noses counted. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Bram Stoker The foolhardiness or ignorance of her officers was a prolific theme for comment whilst she remained in sight, and efforts were made to signal her to reduce sail in the face of her danger. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Jules Verne Leur convenait-il de s’arrêter, il fallait céder à ce bon plaisir, et vainement essayait-on de se remettre en marche après une halte, s’ils ne donnaient eux-mêmes le signal du départ. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Nellie Bly The signal stations were the only green spots that met the eye, but they were proof of what could be done, even in this sandy desert by the expenditure of time and energy. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

The signal for the Indians to attack was never given. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet, when the signal was at last given to reengage there was not a man upon either side who did not totter to his feet and stagger forward toward his enemies. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Florence Dixie If anybody hears or sees anything, let the signal be three sharp whistle calls. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Richard Burton I was once at Cairo during the ruler’s absence on a tour up to the Nile; his departure was the signal for the general celebration of Cotyttia. 17 For La’an abuk, curse thy father. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton