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"
  2. make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  3. engage by written agreement; " They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
  4. ( astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted; " the highway was lined with signboards"
  8. any communication that encodes a message; " signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
  9. a public display of a ( usually written) message; " he posted signs in all the shop windows"
  10. a character indicating a relation between quantities; " don't forget the minus sign"
  11. a gesture that is part of a sign language
  12. ( 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
  13. ( medical) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; " there were no signs of asphixiation"
  14. mark with one's signature; write one's name ( on); " She signed the letter and sent it off"; " Please sign here"
  15. 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"
  16. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; " The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"-- de Saussure
  17. ( medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; " there were no signs of asphixiation"
  18. be engaged by a written agreement; " He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; " The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
  19. communicate in sign language; " I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
  20. place signs, as along a road; " sign an intersection"; " This road has been signed"
  21. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation; " All parties ratified the peace treaty"; " Have you signed your contract yet?"
  22. That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.
  23. A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen.
  24. 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.
  25. Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
  26. Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
  27. A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.
  28. A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known.
  29. 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.
  30. A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
  31. 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.
  32. The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
  33. An objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient.
  34. Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
  35. To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.
  36. To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.
  37. To mark; to make distinguishable.
  38. To be a sign or omen.
  39. To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
  40. To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. To assign or convey formally; - used with away.
  44. 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.
  45. To affix a signature to; to transfer, as property, by affixing the signature: with off or away; to hire by getting the signature of.
  46. To write one's signature; to signal; as, he signed for them to approach.
  47. 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.
  48. To represent or make known by a sign: to attach a signature to.
  49. To indicate by a sign; affix a signature to.
  50. Token; mark; gesture conveying meaning; omen; something set up as a public indication; one of the parts of the zodiac.
  51. To affix one's name to; write one's name; make signs; signal.
  52. A pantomimic gesture.
  53. An inscription or the like to indicate a place of business.
  54. A mark; symbol.
  55. 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.
  56. To mark with characters or one's name; to subscribe; to signify; to mark.
  57. 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.
  58. To attach one's name to; to ratify by signature or seal; to indicate by a sign.

Usage examples for sign

  1. Now, shall we sign for the whole deal?" – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  2. It was now late afternoon, and Grandpa Brown said the boys could leave the tents up until next day, as there was no sign of a storm. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus by Laura Lee Hope
  3. Not a sign of life was given in reply. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. The saunterers were passing without a sign. – Waiting for Daylight by Henry Major Tomlinson
  5. That was the first good sign. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  6. Then the sign does not hold good. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  7. He did sign them. – A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  8. Sullivan had given as yet no sign of life and the girl had not spoken since Twenty- third Street. – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  9. That was always a sign of a good man. – The Peace of Roaring River by George van Schaick
  10. Who will warn him, who will give him a sign to turn back? – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
  11. Still there was no sign or sound of life. – Jack O' Judgment by Edgar Wallace
  12. A bad sign, I'm afraid. – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  13. " If he doesn't sign them in a very few days the deal is all off," she answered me. – The Daredevil by Maria Thompson Daviess
  14. She gave no sign of having heard. – The Short Cut by Jackson Gregory
  15. Not a sign of Christine! – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  16. Spot knew that that was a danger sign. – The Tale of Old Dog Spot by Arthur Scott Bailey
  17. Is it ever more than a sign of the touch thing? – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  18. I shall make no sign. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  19. Justine made no sign. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  20. There was no sign of either Rick or Hassan, and no one had seen either of them. – The Egyptian Cat Mystery by Harold Leland Goodwin