- Your signature is the way you sign your name, or a distinctive characteristic.
- When you sign your name on a piece of paper, this is an example of your signature.
- When you have a dance move that everyone attributes to you, this is an example of a signature dance move.
signature definition by Webster's New World
- a person's name written by that person; also, a representation of this in a mark, stamp, deputy's handwriting, etc.
- the act of signing one's name
- an identifying characteristic or mark
- that part of a doctor's prescription telling the patient how to use the medicine prescribed: usually marked S or Sig.
- theme song (sense )
- key signature
- time signature
- a large sheet upon which are printed a number of pages in some multiple of four, and which, when folded to page size, forms one section of a book
- a letter or number at the bottom of the first page in such a sheet showing in what order that section is to be gathered for binding
Origin: Late Latin signatura ; from Classical Latin signare: see signatory
- ☆ designating or of a product, as clothing, which is distinguished by a label bearing the stylized signature of its designer
- typical of or identified with a person, place, etc.: an actor's signature mannerism, a restaurant's signature entree
signature definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One's name as written by oneself.
- The act of signing one's name.
- A distinctive mark, characteristic, or sound indicating identity: A surprise ending is the signature of an O. Henry short story.
- Abbr. Sig. or S. Medicine The part of a physician's prescription containing directions to the patient.
- Music a. A sign used to indicate key.b. A sign used to indicate tempo.
- Printing a. A letter, number, or symbol placed at the bottom of the first page on each sheet of printed pages of a book as a guide to the proper sequence of the sheets in binding.b. A large sheet printed with four or a multiple of four pages that when folded becomes a section of the book.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin signātūra, from Latin signātus, past participle of signāre, to mark, from signum, sign; see sign.
signature - Computer Definition
In anti-virus software and intrusion detection systems (IDS), a pattern that the system looks for when scanning files or network traffic. This term should not be confused with a digital signature. Virus or worm signatures are increasingly hard to determine because malicious code has begun to use code-morphing techniques—such that each propagated new signature version looks somewhat different from that of the previous generation.
Graham, R. Hacking Lexicon. [Online, 2001.] Robert Graham Website. http://www.linuxsecurity.com/resource_files/documentation/hacking-dict.html.
(1) See digital signature.
(2) A pattern used for matching. Also called a "fingerprint" or "definition." For example, antivirus companies maintain a database that contains the virus code (the signature) of each of the known viruses. To detect a virus, the antivirus program looks for these code strings in executable programs. Spyware blockers that look for spyware and adware also use signature patterns. An intrusion detection system also uses signatures, which are patterns that suggest an attack. For example, excessive logins that failed or the execution of certain programs.
(3) A unique number built into hardware or software for identification.
(4) A group of printed pages used in the construction of a book or booklet. Typically comprising 16 or 32 pages, signatures may also be 8, 12, 24, 48 or 64 pages long. The signature is printed on one large sheet of paper in a certain "imposition" order that, when cut and folded, results in the correct page sequence. The signatures are then bound together to make the final product.
signature - Legal Definition
signature - Medical Definition