Word of the day – semaphore

semaphore (n.) an apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, as a light whose position may be changed
“I looked up slowly from my work so that the round lenses of my spectacles would flash blank white semaphores of light at her. I knew that whenever I did this, Ophelia had the horrid impression that she was in the presence of some mad black-and-white German scientist in a film of the Gaumont.”
from The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
image via Royce Bair
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