signal rocket

signal rocket

[′sig·nəl ‚räk·ət]
(ordnance)
A rocket that gives off some characteristic color or display which has a meaning according to an established code.
References in classic literature ?
The signal rockets burst and rained their sparks through the night and vanished, and the spirit of all those watching batteries rose to a tense expecta- tion.
Suddenly a signal rocket was launched, splashing the darkness red as more than 800 torches were lit and held aloft by the members of 46 squads of local people, nearly 1000 participants.
Lot 1: 24613000 (Signal rockets, rockets, fog signals and pyrotechnic articles).
Lacking wireless radios, detailed control was exerted by field telephone, whose wires were easily broken, and with signal rockets that called for protective fire.
Despite multiple efforts of the Smetlivy to establish a contact with the Turkish seine vessel, its crew did not respond to radio and semaphore signals as well as signal rockets. After the distance between the Turkish seine vessel the Russian guard ship reached 600 meters, the naval small arms were used at the distance of guaranteed survivability of the target in order to prevent the collision of the ships.
The launching signal was the two maroons - signal rockets - which exploded with a short interval between.
In the evening, all the ships fired their respective company's night signal rockets in turn.
Five years earlier, by using a vacuum pump and chamber and long tubes and an assortment of toy and signal rockets in a basement at Clark University, Goddard had demonstrated that a rocket will work in a vacuum.
At Z+45, daylight signal rockets were to be fired from both flanks of the jumping off trenches and to guide the raiders back.