- The definition of a sign is anything that shows a meaning, a mark used as an abbreviation or shortening of something, or a publicly displayed board.
- An example of sign is a symbol from a loved one who has passed.
- An example of sign is a thumbs up for a good job.
- An example of sign is an advertisement for a sale.
- Sign is defined as to put a written signature on something, to make with a signature or symbol or to communicate in sign language.
- An example of sign is to put a signature on a job application.
- An example of sign is to do the motions to, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
- An example of sign is a member of the deaf community communicating with another member of the community.
- something that indicates a fact, quality, etc.; indication; token: black as a sign of mourning
- a gesture or motion that conveys information, gives a command, etc.: a nod as a sign of approval
- any of the gestures used in sign language
- sign language (sense )
- a mark or symbol having an accepted and specific meaning, as the sign ¢ for cent(s)
- any linguistic unit, as a word, letter, etc., that is the symbol of an idea, function, etc.
- a publicly displayed board, placard, etc. bearing information, advertising, a warning, etc.
- ☆ anything marking the trail of an animal, as footprints
- any visible trace or indication: the signs of spring
- an act or happening regarded as a manifestation of divine will or power
- an omen; portent
- sign of the zodiac
- Med. an objective indication or symptom of a disease
Origin: Middle English signe from Old French from Classical Latin signum, a mark, token, probably from base of secare, to cut (see saw): origin, originally sense probably “incised mark”
- to mark with a sign, esp. with the sign of the cross, as in blessing
- to write one's name on, as in acknowledging authorship, authorizing action, etc.
- to write (one's name) as a signature
- to engage by written contract; sign on
- Now Rare to indicate or express by a sign; signal
- to communicate (thoughts, ideas, etc.) by using the sign language of the deaf
- to write one's signature, as in attesting or confirming something
- to make a sign; signal; also, specif., to use the sign language of the deaf
- signer noun
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- Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality.
- a. An act or gesture used to convey an idea, a desire, information, or a command: gave the go-ahead sign.b. Sign language.
- a. A displayed structure bearing lettering or symbols, used to identify or advertise a place of business: a motel with a flashing neon sign outside.b. A posted notice bearing a designation, direction, or command: an EXIT sign above a door; a traffic sign.
- A conventional figure or device that stands for a word, phrase, or operation; a symbol, as in mathematics or in musical notation.
- pl. sign An indicator, such as a dropping or footprint, of the trail of an animal: looking for deer sign.
- A trace or vestige: no sign of life.
- A portentous incident or event; a presage: took the eclipse as a sign from God.
- A body manifestation that serves to indicate the presence of malfunction or disease.
- One of the 12 divisions of the zodiac, each named for a constellation and represented by a symbol.
- To affix one's signature to.
- To write (one's signature).
- To approve or ratify (a document) by affixing a signature, seal, or other mark: sign a bill into law.
- To hire or engage by obtaining a signature on a contract: signed a rookie pitcher for next season; sign up actors for a tour.
- To relinquish or transfer title to by signature: signed away all her claims to the estate.
- To provide with a sign or signs: sign a new highway.
- To communicate with a sign or signs: signed his approval with a nod.
- To express (a word or thought, for example) by sign language: signed her reply to the question.
- To consecrate with the sign of the cross.
- To make a sign or signs; signal.
- To use sign language.
- To write one's signature.
Origin: Middle English signe, from Old French, from Latin signum; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- signˈer noun
sign - Computer Definition
A symbol that identifies a positive or negative number. In digital form, it is either a separate character or part of the byte. In ASCII, the sign is kept in a separate character typically transmitted in front of the number it represents (+ and - is 2B and 2D in hex). In EBCDIC, the minus sign can be stored as a separate byte (hex 60), or, more commonly, as half a byte (+ and - is C and D in hex), which is stored in the high-order bits of the least significant byte. For packed decimal, it is in the low-order bits of the least significant byte.
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sign - Medical Definition
sign - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
sign awayor sign over
sign in (or out)
- to announce the end of broadcasting, as for the day, and stop transmitting
- Slang to stop talking
- sign off on (see phrase below)
sign off on
- sign on
- to enlist, enroll, etc.
under the Sign of
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sign - Science Definition
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