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Definitions of sign

  1. an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. used of the language of the deaf Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they welcomed the signs of spring" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges); "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted; "the highway was lined with signboards" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. any communication that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a public display of a (usually written) message; "he posted signs in all the shop windows" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a character indicating a relation between quantities; "don't forget the minus sign" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. a gesture that is part of a sign language Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. (linguistics) a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (medical) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; "there were no signs of asphixiation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. mark with one's signature; write one's name (on); "She signed the letter and sent it off"; "Please sign here" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs; "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; "there were no signs of asphixiation" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. communicate in sign language; "I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. place signs, as along a road; "sign an intersection"; "This road has been signed" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation; "All parties ratified the peace treaty"; "Have you signed your contract yet?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. An event considered by the Jews as indicating the divine will, or as manifesting an interposition of the divine power for some special end; a miracle; a wonder. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language of a signs such as those used by the North American Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A lettered board, or other conspicuous notice, placed upon or before a building, room, shop, or office to advertise the business there transacted, or the name of the person or firm carrying it on; a publicly displayed token or notice. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. An objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To mark; to make distinguishable. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To be a sign or omen. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. A character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them; as, the sign + (plus); the sign - (minus); the sign of division Ö, and the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. That which, being external, stands for, or signifies, something internal or spiritual; - a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To assign or convey formally; - used with away. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. A gesture or motion expressing command or wish; a symbol; a mark; token; an emblem; a symptom; a lettered board or plate used to point out a place of business, etc.; an event considered as indicating the will of God; a miracle; in astronomy, one of the twelve divisions of the zodiac; in mathematics, a mark or character used to indicate relation or operation; as the signs +, -, X, etc.; any mark or character which has a certain fixed meaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  47. To affix a signature to; to transfer, as property, by affixing the signature: with off or away; to hire by getting the signature of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. To write one's signature; to signal; as, he signed for them to approach. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. 1. A symptom, especially a phenomenon, already present or produced by some maneuver, indicating a certain disease or morbid state. 2. An abbreviation or symbol. 3. Signature (3). A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  50. Mark, token: proof: that by which a thing is known or represented: a word, gesture, or mark, intended to signify something else: a remarkable event: an omen. a miracle: a memorial: something set up as a notice in a public place: (math.) a mark showing the relation of quantities or an operation to be performed: (med.) a symptom: (astr.) one of the twelve parts of the zodiac. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. To represent or make known by a sign: to attach a signature to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  52. To indicate by a sign; affix a signature to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  53. Token; mark; gesture conveying meaning; omen; something set up as a public indication; one of the parts of the zodiac. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  54. To affix one's name to; write one's name; make signs; signal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. A pantomimic gesture. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. An inscription or the like to indicate a place of business. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. A mark; symbol. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. That by which anything is shown, indicated or represented; a token; nod or gesture indicative of a wish or command; a wonder; a miracle; evidence or proof; something hung out for notice; a memorial; a visible representation; a mark of distinction; a symbol; a constellation in the zodiac; a mark indicative of operation; a signature; a symptom; a character. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  59. To mark with characters or one's name; to subscribe; to signify; to mark. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  60. That by which a thing is known; a token; a wonder; a miracle; a symbol; a gesture instead of words; any significant mark; something intended to serve as a proof or type; indication; something set up on a house to show the tenant's occupation; a visible representation; in astron., the twelfth part of the ecliptic; in alg., a character or symbol indicating the relation between quantities; in med., anything by which the presence of disease is made known. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. To attach one's name to; to ratify by signature or seal; to indicate by a sign. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  62. That which, being external, stands for, or signifies, something internal or spiritual; -- a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents. mso.anu.edu.au
  63. To assign or convey formally; -- used with away. mso.anu.edu.au
  64. That which, being external, stands for, or signifies, something internal or spiritual; a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents. dictgcide_fs
  65. To assign or convey formally; used with away. dictgcide_fs
  66. To communicate in sign language. dictgcide_fs
  67. To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation; as, he signed in red ink. dictgcide_fs
  68. s[=i]n, n. mark, token: proof: that by which a thing is known or represented: a word, gesture, symbol, or mark, intended to signify something else: a remarkable event: an omen: a miraculous manifestation: a memorial: something set up as a notice in a public place: (math.) a mark showing the relation of quantities or an operation to be performed: (med.) a symptom: (astron.) one of the twelve parts of the zodiac, each comprising 30 degrees of the ecliptic.--v.t. to represent or make known by a sign: to attach a signature to.--v.i. to give one's signature: to make a particular sign.--adj. SIGN'ABLE, capable of being, or requiring to be, signed.--ns. SIGN'BOARD, a board with a sign telling a man's occupation or articles for sale; SIGN'ER; SIG'NET, the privy-seal: (B.) a seal.--adj. SIG'NETED, stamped or marked with a signet.--n. SIG'NET-RING, a ring with a signet or private seal.--adj. SIGN'LESS, making no sign.--ns. SIGN'-MAN'UAL, the royal signature, usually only the initial of the sovereign's name, with R. for Rex or Regina; SIGN'-PAINT'ER, one who paints signs for shops, &c.; SIGN'POST, a post on which a sign is hung: a direction-post. [Fr. signe--L. signum.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  69. Any present or past circumstance, afforded by the examination of a patient, or of matters concerning him, whence a conclusion may be drawn regarding the nature and seat of his disease. The phenomena which precede the disease are called anamnes'tic or commem'orative signs ;-those which accompany it are termed diagnostic, if they reveal the nature or seat of the disease,-prognostic, when they indicate its probable duration and termination. See Symptom. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  70. Mark traced on surface &c. (esp. the s. of the cross, made by Christian priests in blessing or laymen in reverence with finger on forehead or breast; s. manual, signature written with person\'s own hand); written mark conventionally used for word or phrase, symbol, thing used as representation of something, (positive or plus s., +; negative or minus s., -; words are the ss. of ideas; a sacrament is an outward& visible s. of an inward& spiritual grace); (thing serving as) presumptive evidence or indication or suggestion or symptom of or that, distinctive mark, token, guarantee, password, miracle evidencing supernatural power, portent, (violence is a s. of weakness or that one is weak; shows all the ss. of decay; gave earth& water in s. of submission; by this s. ye shall know them; did ss. & wonders; s. & countersign, secret sentences &c. by which confederates recognize each other; ss. of the times, things showing the tendency of affairs); (often signboard) fanciful device usu. painted on a board displayed formerly by traders of any sort& still by many taverns& some barbers &c. as advertisement of their business (at the s. of the White Hart &c. archaic, formerly used as address); natural or conventional motion or gesture used instead of words to convey information& esp. order or request (gave him a s. to withdraw; deaf-&-dumb ss., those used in finger-talk; make no s., seem unconscious, not protest, &c.); any of twelve divisions of zodiac named from constellations formerly situated in them; s.-painter, of sign-boards, shop-front inscriptions, &c.; signpost, at cross-roads &c. with names of places on each road. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  71. Mark with s. (esp. s. infant &c. with the s. of the cross in baptism); acknowledge or guarantee (letter, deed, picture, book, article, petition, &c., or abs.) as one\'s own production or as having one\'s authority or consent by affixing or having affixed one\'s name or initials or recognized mark (the will had never been signed; a signed masterpiece of Turner\'s; signed as usual with a dicky-bird; does not s. his contributions to the press; nothing shall induce me to s.), whence signable a.; write (one\'s name) as signature; convey (right, property, &c.) away by signing deed &c.; take, acknowledge being taken, on for some employment to which employee binds himself by signature; communicate by gesture (s. assent), give order or make request by gesture to person to do (signed to me to come). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  72. An objective evidence of disease. American pocket medical dictionary.
  73. An indication, especially one elicited by physical examination, hence objective in character as distinguished from a symptom which is subjective. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  74. n. [Latin] Seal; signature. Cabinet Dictionary
  75. n. [Latin , Anglo Saxon , German] A token;—that by which any thing is made known or represented ;—any visible thing, motion, appearance, or event which indicates the existence or approach of something real or future ;—a wonder; miracle; prodigy ; phenomenon ;—an appearance, transaction, or event offered or intended as evidence of something else; hence, proof; evidence by eighth—a monument; a memorial; something to preserve the memory of a thing;—visible mark or representation of inward and spiritual grace;—typical representation ; symbol;-a mark of distinction ; badge; cognizance ;—a word, emblem, or figure of speech subscription of one's name; signature ;-a motion, action, or gesture, by which a thought is expressed, or a command or wish made known;—hence, one of the conventional manual motions by which conversation is carried on, as by the deaf and dumb;—a conspicuous notice placed before a house to advertise the business prosecuted or wares sold there;-the twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac; —in algebra, a character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them;— in music, any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, &c. Cabinet Dictionary

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