Definition of Sign

1. Noun. A perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened). "They welcomed the signs of spring"

Exact synonyms: Mark
Generic synonyms: Clew, Clue, Cue
Specialized synonyms: Token
Derivative terms: Mark, Signify

2. Verb. Mark with one's signature; write one's name (on). "Please sign here"
Exact synonyms: Subscribe
Generic synonyms: Write
Specialized synonyms: Rubricate
Also: Sign Away, Sign In, Sign Over
Derivative terms: Signature, Signer, Subscription

3. Adjective. Used of the language of the deaf.

4. Noun. A public display of a message. "He posted signs in all the shop windows"
Generic synonyms: Communication
Specialized synonyms: Bill, Card, Notice, Placard, Poster, Posting, Street Sign, Guidepost, Signpost

5. Verb. Approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation. "Have you signed your contract yet?"
Exact synonyms: Ratify
Entails: Endorse, Indorse
Generic synonyms: Formalise, Formalize, Validate
Derivative terms: Ratification, Ratifier, Signer

6. Noun. Any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message. "Signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

7. Verb. Be engaged by a written agreement. "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
Generic synonyms: Contract, Undertake
Specialized synonyms: Undersign, Ink, Autograph, Inscribe, Initial, Countersign, Execute, Endorse, Indorse
Derivative terms: Signer

8. Noun. Structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted. "The highway was lined with signboards"
Exact synonyms: Signboard
Specialized synonyms: Billboard, Hoarding, Sandwich Board, Scoreboard, Shingle
Generic synonyms: Construction, Structure

9. Verb. Engage by written agreement. "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
Exact synonyms: Contract, Sign On, Sign Up
Generic synonyms: Employ, Engage, Hire
Specialized synonyms: Contract Out
Derivative terms: Contract, Signer

10. Noun. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided.

11. Verb. Communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs. "They sign the information to them"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
Exact synonyms: Signal, Signalise, Signalize
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Specialized synonyms: Wigwag, Semaphore, Heliograph, Flag, Whistle
Derivative terms: Signer, Signing, Signal, Signaler, Signaling, Signaller, Signal

12. Noun. (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease. "There were no signs of asphyxiation"
Generic synonyms: Evidence, Grounds
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Group relationships: Disease
Specialized synonyms: Vital Sign

13. Verb. Place signs, as along a road. "This road has been signed"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

14. Noun. Having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges). "Charges of opposite sign"
Exact synonyms: Polarity
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition
Specialized synonyms: Positiveness, Positivity, Negativeness, Negativity
Derivative terms: Polar

15. Verb. Communicate in sign language. "I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Derivative terms: Signer

16. Noun. An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come. "It was a sign from God"
Exact synonyms: Augury, Foretoken, Preindication
Generic synonyms: Experience
Specialized synonyms: War Cloud, Omen, Portent, Presage, Prodigy, Prognostic, Prognostication
Derivative terms: Inaugurate

17. Verb. Make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate.
Exact synonyms: Bless
Generic synonyms: Gesticulate, Gesture, Motion

18. Noun. A gesture that is part of a sign language.
Group relationships: Sign Language, Signing
Generic synonyms: Gesture, Motion
Derivative terms: Signify

19. Noun. A fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified. "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"
Category relationships: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Language Unit, Linguistic Unit

20. Noun. A character indicating a relation between quantities. "Don't forget the minus sign"
Generic synonyms: Mathematical Notation
Specialized synonyms: Equal Sign, Plus Sign, Minus Sign, Radical Sign
Derivative terms: Signify, Signify

Definition of Sign

1. n. That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.

2. v. t. To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.

3. v. i. To be a sign or omen.

Definition of Sign

1. Noun. (sometimes also used uncountably) A visible indication. ¹

2. Noun. A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures. ¹

3. Noun. A traffic sign. ¹

4. Noun. A meaningful gesture. ¹

5. Noun. Any of several specialized non-alphabetic symbols. ¹

6. Noun. (astrology) An astrological sign. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) Positive or negative polarity. ¹

8. Noun. A specific gesture or motion used to communicate by those with speaking or hearing difficulties; now specifically, a linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages. ¹

9. Noun. sign language in general ¹

10. Noun. An omen. ¹

11. Noun. (medicine) A property of the body that indicates a disease and, unlike a symptom, is unlikely to be noticed by the patient. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To write one's signature on (a document), thus showing authorship. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To give legal consent by writing one's signature. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To persuade to sign a contract. ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive) To write one's signature somewhere. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive) (colloquial) To give autographs. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive) To communicate using sign language. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To communicate using (sign langauge). ¹

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Definition of Sign

1. to write one's name on [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Sign

1. An objective physical finding found by the examiner. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sign

sigmoidovesical fistula
sign (current term)
sign away
sign bit
sign blindness
sign function
sign functions
sign in
sign industry
sign into law

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