|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||clue notice|
|2.||[ verb ] (writing) mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)|
"She signed the letter and sent it off" "Please sign here"
|Related terms:||write rubricate check_in sign_away sign_away subscription|
|3.||[ verb ] (law) write one's name in token of assent, responsibility, or obligation|
"All parties signed the peace treaty" "Have you signed your contract yet?"
|Related terms:||validate signer endorse|
|4.||[ verb ] be engaged by a written agreement|
"He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18" "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
|Related terms:||contract carry endorse autograph undersign countersign execute ink initial signer|
|5.||[ noun ] a public display of a (usually written) message|
"he posted signs in all the shop windows"
|Related terms:||communication scoreboard poster signpost traffic_sign street_sign|
|6.||[ noun ] any communication that encodes a message|
"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
|Related terms:||communication symbol recording indication phone_number radio_beam input_signal indicator output_signal time_signal dog-ear storm_signal whistle visual_signal curfew retreat drumbeat telegraphic_signal animal_communication high_sign electronic_signal distress_signal alarm all_clear radio_beacon starting_signal ticktack bugle_call bespeak signalize bless signalize|
|7.||[ noun ] structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted|
"the highway was lined with signboards"
|Related terms:||structure sandwich_board shingle billboard|
|8.||[ noun ] (astronomy) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided|
|Synonyms:||mansion house planetary_house star_sign sign_of_the_zodiac|
|Related terms:||region Pisces Leo Taurus Aries Gemini Aquarius Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Cancer zodiac astrology|
|9.||[ verb ] (work) engage by written agreement|
|Synonyms:||contract sign_up sign_on fee|
"They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
|Related terms:||hire contract_out contract|
|10.||[ noun ] (physics) 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"
|Related terms:||opposition positive neutral negative|
|11.||[ noun ] (medical) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease|
"there were no signs of asphixiation"
|Related terms:||evidence vital_sign disease medicine|
|12.||[ noun ] a gesture that is part of a sign language|
|Related terms:||gesture sign_language signify|
|13.||[ verb ] communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs|
|Synonyms:||signal signalise signalize|
"He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture" "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
|Related terms:||communicate flag heliograph wigwag whistle semaphore signal signaler signer sign_language|
|14.||[ noun ] an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come|
|Synonyms:||foretoken preindication augury|
"he hoped it was an augury" "it was a sign from God"
|Related terms:||experience omen war_cloud inaugurate|
|15.||[ adjective ] used of the language of the deaf|
|Synonyms:||signed sign-language gestural|
|16.||[ verb ] place signs, as along a road|
"sign an intersection" "This road has been signed"
|Related terms:||situate put signboard|
|17.||[ noun ] (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
|Related terms:||language_unit linguistics|
|18.||[ verb ] (religion) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate|
|Related terms:||gesticulate signal|
|19.||[ verb ] communicate in sign language|
"I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
|Related terms:||convey communicate|
|20.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a character indicating a relation between quantities|
"don't forget the minus sign"
|Related terms:||mathematical_notation equals_sign plus_sign minus_sign mean|