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mixed signal

A signal, message, or communication that has, or is interpreted as having, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. (Often plural.) I keep getting these mixed signals from my ex-girlfriend. I can't tell if she just wants to be friends, or if she's interested in getting back together. I just think it sends something of a mixed signal to be advertising a new production assistant position right after we went through a round of layoffs.
See also: mixed, signal

get (a) mixed signal(s)

To receive a signal, message, or communication that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. I keep getting these mixed signals from my ex-girlfriend. I can't tell if she just wants to be friends, or if she's interested in getting back together. I've just been getting a mixed signal from my boss lately about what he thinks of my performance so far.
See also: get, mixed

send (a) mixed signal(s)

To communicate something that has, or seems to have, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. My ex-girlfriend has accused me of sending mixed signals about our relationship, as if I'm hinting I want to get back together with her. I just think it sends something of a mixed signal to be advertising a new production assistant position right after we went through a round of layoffs.
See also: mixed, send

get (one's) signals crossed

To have a misunderstanding or miscommunication with someone else. I'm sorry I'm late, I thought we were getting here at 8—we must have gotten our signals crossed. My mom and I got our signals crossed, and now there's no one here to babysit the kids.
See also: crosse, get, signal

bell, book, and candle things that are miraculous or that signal that something

unusual or bizarre may soon happen. (Alluding originally to the items used when performing the rite of excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church.) Look, I can't work miracles! Do you expect me to show up at your house with bell, book, and candle, and make everything right? You have to take charge of your own destiny! On the top shelf of the tiny used-book store, Jim saw a bell, book, and candle sitting in a row, and he knew he was going to find some very interesting reading material.
See also: and, candle, signal, thing

signal for someone

to make a sign for someone to come. I signaled for the waiter and got the check. Ted signaled for the parking lot attendant.
See also: signal

signal for something

to make a sign that something should be done. I caught the waiter's eye and signaled for the check. The director signaled for applause.
See also: signal

signal (to) someone (to do something)

[for someone] to give someone a command or instruction using a signal. The traffic cop signaled me to stop. The state trooper signaled the driver to pull over to the side of the road.

send a signal

to do something that is likely to influence someone's attitudes or behavior send a message The people in Pennsylvania sent a signal in this election that they wanted health-care reform. Making polluters pay to recycle old electronics products sends a strong signal to the companies to change the way they do business.
Usage notes: said about actions whether they are intentional or not
See also: send, signal

smoke signals

a sign that something is probably going to happen All the smoke signals from Downing Street indicate that the taxpayer will have to pay up again. Conflicting smoke signals are coming from the the peace talks, and it is impossible to say how they are going.
See also: signal, smoke
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Differential signaling allows rejection of cross-talk and ground-bounce as common-mode noise.
Some of our distribution partners and service provider customers prefer a decomposed SBC implementation so they can scale the signaling and media control elements independently," stated Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet's vice president of marketing and product management.
QoS packet marking, bandwidth & signaling rate policing, usage metering and QoS measurements for the media flows are additional features supported by the I-BGF.
Proxy-Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) - is the SIP signaling contact point, the outbound/inbound "proxy," for subscribers within IMS as defined by 3GPP.
Fraud prevention: Session-based authentication, authorization, and contract enforcement for signaling and media; and service theft protection.
Specific new security enhancements in today's announcement include enhanced SBC DoS self-protection against signaling attacks, a hardware acceleration module for TLS and IPSec, and SIP privacy support.
The EAGLE and Sentinel provide high reliability and scalability to serve as the foundation for the XO signaling network today and in the future.
The Adax signaling gateways enable the simple and straightforward migration of existing SS7 Nodes to IP transport, saving the costs associated with leasing or provisioning dedicated long haul SS7 circuits.
Typical application areas for Adax products include Signaling Gateways, VoIP systems, Media Gateway Controllers, Media Gateway, GGSN and SGSN nodes for GPRS and 3G/UMTS, Intelligent Networks, Base Station Control, and Billing Mediation.
Adax provides signaling solutions for the world's leading communications companies, including Lucent, Nortel, Ericsson, Alcatel, Hughes Software Systems and Siemens.
The addition of the Radisys signaling gateway division to our portfolio is a logical extension and allows us to support the increasing migration to SS7/IP, SS7 tunneling and M2UA backhaul in networks," said Dr.
The analysis of signaling pathways is increasingly central to cancer research," said Michael Melnick, director of business and corporate development at Cell Signaling Technology.
GNP, a leader in engineering, manufacturing and systems integration services for the communications and related industries, today announced a partnership with Ericsson Signaling in which GNP will provide the telecommunications supplier with integration services for a new CompactPCI (cPCI) signaling solution.
Alcatel 5070 Signaling Server Family Brings Higher Capacity and New
With this announcement, S3 is signaling its intention to be the leading company in the world in the implementation and integration of Mixed Signal Solutions.