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  Definition of Sign
  1. structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted; "the highway was lined with signboards"
  2. 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"
  3. any communication that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
  4. a public display of a (usually written) message; "he posted signs in all the shop windows"
  5. a character indicating a relation between quantities; "don''t forget the minus sign"
  6. a gesture that is part of a sign language
  7. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
  8. an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
  9. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  10. 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"
  11. (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; "there were no signs of asphixiation"
  12. make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  13. be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
  14. communicate in sign language; "I don''t know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
  15. mark with one''s signature; write one''s name (on); "She signed the letter and sent it off"; "Please sign here"
  16. 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"
  17. place signs, as along a road; "sign an intersection"; "This road has been signed"
  18. engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
  19. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation; "All parties ratified the peace treaty"; "Have you signed your contract yet?"
Similar Words: signboard, mark, signal, signaling, augury, foretoken, preindication, sign of the zodiac, star sign, mansion, house, planetary house, polarity, bless, subscribe, signalize, signalise, contract, sign on, sign up, ratify


See Also: check in, sign in, sign away, sign over


Hyponyms: billboard, hoarding, sandwich board, shingle, recording, phone number, telephone number, number, starting signal, start, storm signal, radio beam, beam, ticktack, time signal, dog-ear, animal communication, alarm, alert, warning signal, alarum, distress signal, distress call, all clear, bugle call, curfew, retreat, drumbeat, telegraphic signal, radiotelegraphic signal, whistle, whistling, high sign, symbol, visual signal, indicator, electronic signal, radio beacon, input signal, input, output signal, output, scoreboard, poster, posting, placard, notice, bill, card, street sign, signpost, guidepost, equals sign, plus sign, minus sign, war cloud, omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigy, Aries, Aries the Ram, Ram, Taurus, Taurus the Bull, Bull, Gemini, Gemini the Twins, Twins, Cancer, Cancer the Crab, Crab, Leo, Leo the Lion, Lion, Virgo, Virgo the Virgin, Virgin, Libra, Libra the Balance, Balance, Libra the Scales, Scorpio, Scorpio the Scorpion, Scorpion, Sagittarius, Sagittarius the Archer, Archer, Capricorn, Capricorn the Goat, Goat, Aquarius, Aquarius the Water Bearer, Water Bearer, Pisces, Pisces the Fishes, Fish, vital sign, undersign, ink, autograph, inscribe, initial, countersign, execute, endorse, indorse, rubricate, wigwag, semaphore, heliograph, flag, contract out


Attributes: positive, electropositive, negative, electronegative, neutral, electroneutral


Entailments: endorse, indorse


Part Meronyms: sign language, signing, zodiac, disease


Derivational Morphology: notice, mark, note, signify, bless, signal, signalize, signalise, bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, point out, call attention, distinguish, mean, intend, stand for, inaugurate, usher in, introduce, signaling, signer, signatory, subscription, signature, signaler, signaller, sign language, signing, signboard, contract, ratification, confirmation, subscriber, endorser, indorser, ratifier


Anagrams: sing


Language Translations:
Chinese: 標誌   Dutch: teken  
Esperanto: signo   Finnish: merkki  
French: signe   German: Zeichen  
Hungarian: jel   Italian: segno  
Japanese:   Korean: 신호  
Portuguese: sinal   Russian: знак  
Spanish: signo   Swedish: tecken  
Telugu: సూచన  
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