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Sign meaning

sign - 31 dictionary results

  1. 1. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; " The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"-- de Saussure
  2. 2. ( medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; " there were no signs of asphixiation"
  3. 3. be engaged by a written agreement; " He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; " The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
  4. 4. communicate in sign language; " I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
  5. 5. place signs, as along a road; " sign an intersection"; " This road has been signed"
  6. 6. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation; " All parties ratified the peace treaty"; " Have you signed your contract yet?"
  7. 7. That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.
  8. 8. A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
  11. 11. Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
  12. 12. A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.
  13. 13. A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
  18. 18. An objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient.
  19. 19. Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
  20. 20. To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.
  21. 21. To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign.
  22. 22. To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.
  23. 23. To mark; to make distinguishable.
  24. 24. To be a sign or omen.
  25. 25. To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
  26. 26. To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. To assign or convey formally; - used with away.
  30. 30. To indicate by a sign; affix a signature to.
  31. 31. Token; mark; gesture conveying meaning; omen; something set up as a public indication; one of the parts of the zodiac.

sign - examples of usage

  1. And in thy sleep thou shalt see him, and be not afraid, for it is a sign he will prove a good husband.
  2. But Katharine made no sign. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. His coming was a sign! - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
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