1. [ noun ] a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
Synonyms: mark

"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)
Synonyms: subscribe

"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
Synonyms: ratify

"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
Synonyms: signal signaling

"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
Synonyms: signboard

"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)
Synonyms: polarity

"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
Related terms: communicative
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
Synonyms: bless
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
Similar spelling:   Signe