There are 2 translations of signal in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈsɪgnl/


  • 1 (agreed sign, indication) señal (feminine) the busy signal (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Telecom] el tono or la señal de ocupado or (Spain/España) de comunicando wait till I give (you) the signal espera a que te dé la señal to send/receive a signal enviar*/recibir una señal to call the signals (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Sport/Deporte] llamar las señales, decir* la jugada I call the signals around here (American English/inglés norteamericano) aquí quien manda soy yo, aquí yo soy quien llevo la voz cantante
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    • Jumping onto a table, Crush raised her hands in the air as a signal for her friends to stop they were doing; she watched as they obliged, halting their food war.
    • Tired, grumpy, she waved her hand as a signal for me to come in.
    • So we waited for either John our floor warden to let us know what we should do, or for an evacuation signal to sound.
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    • Education Leeds assistant chief executive Roland Absalom said it was a clear signal that the situation was improving.
    • The data on rising earnings comes amid conflicting signals about the job situation for technology professionals in the United States.
    • When the stressful situation ends, hormonal signals switch off the stress response and the body returns to normal.
  • 2 [Railways/Ferrocarriles] señal (feminine)
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    • At one point, we had to stop at an interlocking and the dispatcher couldn't clear the signal because of the train ahead.
    • At the Hayward's Heath accident in 1973 the driver misread the signals and drove his loopline train on to the main line and it was struck from behind by an express.
    • Mitchell said police had yet to determine whether the railway signals and gates were working at the time of the crash.
  • 3 [Electronics/Electrónica] señal (feminine) a weak signal una señal débil
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    • Each cell has a base station that transmits and receives signals over just a small fraction of the frequencies to which the network operator has access.
    • These chips feature an antenna to transmit and receive radio signals.
    • The development of the electromagnet about 1837 provided the American Samuel F. B. Morse with a way to transmit and receive electric signals.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • 1.1 (indicate) señalar her resignation signaled the end of an era su dimisión señaló or marcó el final de toda una época 1.2 [Cars/Automovilismo] she signaled a left turn señalizó or indicó que iba a doblar a la izquierda 1.3 (gesture) (American English/inglés norteamericano) hacerle* señas/una seña a he signaled her for the check le hizo señas/una seña para que le trajera la cuenta

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • 1.1 (gesture) to signal (to sb) hacer(le)* señas/una seña (a algn) she signaled to us to leave nos hizo señas/una seña para que nos fuéramosto signal for sth he signaled for quiet hizo una seña para que la gente se callara 1.2 [Cars/Automovilismo] señalizar*, poner* el intermitente or (Colombia) (Mexico/México) la direccional or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) el señalizador he turned right without signaling dobló a la derecha sin señalizar or sin poner el intermitente or (Colombia) (Mexico/México) la direccional or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) el señalizador she signaled for a right turn (American English/inglés norteamericano) señalizó que iba a doblar a la derecha

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There are 2 translations of signal in Spanish:



  • (before noun/delante del nombre) [formal] [achievement/service] señalado, insigne, destacado; [characteristic] señalado, notable; [failure] rotundo
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    • Irony is of signal importance in English humour, in everything from radio comedy to literature.
    • Although of signal importance in itself, even the characteristic dominance must be seen as a by-product of serum testosterone.
    • It was not until near the end of Freud's life that he began to appreciate the signal importance of the infant's relationship with the mother.

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