What does SIGN mean?
Definitions for SIGN
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word SIGN.
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"
a public display of a message
"he posted signs in all the shop windows"
signal, signaling, signnoun
any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
"the highway was lined with signboards"
sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, mansion, house, planetary housenoun
(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
(medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
"there were no signs of asphyxiation"
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"
augury, sign, foretoken, preindicationnoun
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
"he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
a gesture that is part of a sign language
a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
"The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
a character indicating a relation between quantities
"don't forget the minus sign"
gestural, sign(a), signed, sign-language(a)verb
used of the language of the deaf
mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
"She signed the letter and sent it off"; "Please sign here"
approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
"All parties ratified the peace treaty"; "Have you signed your contract yet?"
be engaged by a written agreement
"He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
sign, contract, sign on, sign upverb
engage by written agreement
"They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
sign, signal, signalize, signaliseverb
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"
place signs, as along a road
"sign an intersection"; "This road has been signed"
communicate in sign language
"I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
Especially: To communicate in sign language.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: signe, French; signum, Latin.
Signs must resemble the things they signify. Richard Hooker.
Signs for communication may be contrived from any variety of objects of one kind appertaining to either sense. William Holder.
To express the passions which are seated in the heart by outward signs, is one great precept of the painters, and very difficult to perform. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
When any one uses any term, he may have in his mind a determined idea which he makes it the sign of, and to which he should keep it steadily annexed. John Locke.
If they will not hearken to the voice of the first sign, they will not believe the latter sign. Ex. iv. 8.
Cover thy face that thou see not; for I have set thee for a sign unto Israel. Ezek. xii. 6.
Compell’d by signs and judgments dire. John Milton.
I found my miss, struck hands, and pray’d him tell,
To hold acquaintance still, where he did dwell;
He barely nam’d the street, promis’d the wine;
But his kind wife gave me the very sign. John Donne.
Underneath an alehouse’ paltry sign. William Shakespeare, H. VI.
True sorrow’s like to wine,
That which is good does never need a sign. John Suckling.
Wit and fancy are not employed in any one article so much as that of contriving signs to hang over houses. Jonathan Swift.
The fire devoured two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign. Num. xxvi. 10.
There stay until the twelve celestial signs
Have brought about their annual reckoning. William Shakespeare.
Now did the sign reign, and the constellation was come, under which Perkin should appear. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.
After ev’ry foe subdu’d, the sun
Thrice through the signs his annual race shall run. Dryden.
The ensign of Messiah blaz’d,
Aloft by angels borne, his sign in heaven. John Milton.
The holy symbols or signs are not barely significative; but what they represent is as certainly delivered to us as the symbols themselves. Edward Brerewood.
Etymology: signo, Latin.
You sign your place and calling in full seeming
With meekness and humility; but your heart
Is cramm’d with arrogancy. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
Be pleas’d to sign these papers: they are all
Of great concern! John Dryden, Cleomenes.
The sacraments and symbols are just such as they seem; but because they are made to be signs of a secret mystery, they receive the names of what themselves do sign. Taylor.
A sign is an object, quality, event, or entity whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else. A natural sign bears a causal relation to its object—for instance, thunder is a sign of storm, or medical symptoms signify a disease. A conventional sign signifies by agreement, as a full stop signifies the end of a sentence; similarly the words and expressions of a language, as well as bodily gestures, can be regarded as signs, expressing particular meanings. The physical objects most commonly referred to as signs (notices, road signs, etc., collectively known as signage) generally inform or instruct using written text, symbols, pictures or a combination of these. The philosophical study of signs and symbols is called semiotics; this includes the study of semiosis, which is the way in which signs (in the semiotic sense) operate.
that by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof
a remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen
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
something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument
any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture
a word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas
a motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known
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
a military emblem carried on a banner or a standard
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
the twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac
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.
an objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient
any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc
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
to represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify
to make a sign upon; to mark with a sign
to affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting
to assign or convey formally; -- used with away
to mark; to make distinguishable
to be a sign or omen
to make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs
to write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation
Etymology: [OE. seinen to bless, originally, to make the sign of the cross over; in this sense fr. ASS. segnian (from segn, n.), or OF. seignier, F. signer, to mark, to sign (in sense 3), fr. L. signare to mark, set a mark upon, from signum. See Sign, n.]
A sign is a representation of an object that implies a connection between itself and its object. A natural sign bears a causal relation to its object—for instance, thunder is a sign of storm. A conventional sign signifies by agreement, as a full stop signifies the end of a sentence.. The way a sign signifies is called semiosis which is a topic of semiotics and philosophy of language. How a sign is perceived depends upon what is intended or expressed in the semiotic relationship of: ⁕Signification ⁕Significance ⁕Importance Thus, for example, people may speak of the significance of events, the signification of characters, the meaning of sentences, or the import of a communication. Different ways of relating signs to their objects are called modes of signification. Uses of conventional signs are varied. Usually the goal is to elicit a response or simply inform. That can be achieved by marking something, displaying a message, drawing attention or presenting evidence of an underlying cause, performing a bodily gesture, etc.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sīn, n. mark, token: proof: that by which a thing is known or represented: a word, gesture, symbol, or mark, intended to signify something else: a remarkable event: an omen: a miraculous manifestation: 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: (astron.) one of the twelve parts of the zodiac, each comprising 30 degrees of the ecliptic.—v.t. to represent or make known by a sign: to attach a signature to.—v.i. to give one's signature: to make a particular sign.—adj. Sign′able, capable of being, or requiring to be, signed.—ns. Sign′board, a board with a sign telling a man's occupation or articles for sale; Sign′er; Sig′net, the privy-seal: (B.) a seal.—adj. Sig′neted, stamped or marked with a signet.—n. Sig′net-ring, a ring with a signet or private seal.—adj. Sign′less, making no sign.—ns. Sign′-man′ual, the royal signature, usually only the initial of the sovereign's name, with R. for Rex or Regina; Sign′-paint′er, one who paints signs for shops, &c.; Sign′post, a post on which a sign is hung: a direction-post. [Fr. signe—L. signum.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
An indication or token. In astronomy, one of the twelve divisions of the zodiac.
To affix a signature; to subscribe.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SIGN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1779
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SIGN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1788
Rank popularity for the word 'SIGN' in Nouns Frequency: #412
Rank popularity for the word 'SIGN' in Verbs Frequency: #247
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The numerical value of SIGN in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of SIGN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of SIGN in a Sentence
This is a stop sign for innovation in Europe.
New customers tend to get better deals than long-time customers. That's why you have so many people playing the sign-up bonus game, closing after a year or two.
Someone who is asleep ‘before their head hits the pillow’ is not a champion sleeper any more than an individual who can eat their entire dinner in three minutes is a highly nutritious eater, that can often be a red flag and not a sign of great sleep.
With all those reservations that we have, we will sign this document.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh:
We will sign an agreement with Total (this) afternoon.
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- اشارة, وقعArabic
- senyalCatalan, Valencian
- znamení, znaménko, pokyn, značka, cedule, znak, podepsatCzech
- argoel, arwyddWelsh
- Zeichen, Gebärde, Zeichensprache, Verkehrszeichen, Tierkreiszeichen, Schild, Vorzeichen, Sonderzeichen, Anzeichen, Sternzeichen, Verkehrsschild, Gebärdensprache, unterzeichnen, gebärden, unterschreiben, unterschriften, signierenGerman
- σήμα, σημάδι, οιωνός, πρόσημο, σύμβολο, ζώδιο, υπογράφωGreek
- signo, gesto, trafiksigno, gestlingvo, subskribiEsperanto
- señal, presagio, lengua de señas, placa, signo del zodiaco, símbolo, muestra, signo, letrero, aviso, seña, señalización, lengua de signos, firmar, signar, hablar a señasSpanish
- merkki, viittoma, ele, liikennemerkki, enne, kyltti, kilpi, ennusmerkki, osoitus, viittomakieli, allekirjoittaa, viittoa, rekrytoidaFinnish
- panneau de signalisation, signe, symbole, présage, langue des signes, marqueur, faire signer, signerFrench
- fógra, teanga chomharthaíochtaIrish
- סימן, סמל, אות, מזל, שלטHebrew
- jel, aláír, jelelHungarian
- undirrita, skrifa undirIcelandic
- indicazione, simbolo, segnale, segno, gesto, cartello, insegna, firmareItalian
- 符号, 印, サイン, 兆候, 記号, 道路標識, 手話, 合図, 兆し, 看板, 星座, サインする, 署名する, 署名Japanese
- 신호, 서명하다Korean
- نیشانه, nîşanKurdish
- SchëldLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- знак, предзнак, ишарет, потпишуваMacedonian
- tanda, isyaratMalay
- tegn, skilt, stjernetegn, fortegn, tegnspråk, skrive under, signereNorwegian
- verkeersbord, bord, voorteken, gebaar, teken, speciaal teken, gebarentaal, markering, ondertekenenDutch
- stjerneteikn, teikn, skilt, forteikn, teiknspråk, skrive under, signereNorwegian Nynorsk
- senh, senhagolOccitan
- znak drogowyPolish
- língua de sinais, sinais, sinal, símbolo, agouro, placa, signo, presságio, gesto, gesticular, assinar, gestualizar, firmarPortuguese
- ensaina, segnRomansh
- semn, semnaRomanian
- знак, примета, вывеска, подписыватья, подписываться, подписаться, подписатьRussian
- tecken, skylt, järtecken, stjärntecken, trafikskylt, omen, skriva under, skriva på, signeraSwedish
- శకునం, రాశి, సూచన, గుర్తుTelugu
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