Definitions of sign

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