Definitions for sign

Definitions for (noun) sign

Main entry: sign, signboard

Definition: structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted

Usage: the highway was lined with signboards

Main entry: sign, mark

Definition: a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)

Usage: he showed signs of strain; they welcomed the signs of spring

Main entry: sign, signal, signaling

Definition: any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

Usage: signals from the boat suddenly stopped

Main entry: sign

Definition: a public display of a message

Usage: he posted signs in all the shop windows

Main entry: sign

Definition: a character indicating a relation between quantities

Usage: don't forget the minus sign

Main entry: sign

Definition: a gesture that is part of a sign language

Main entry: sign

Definition: a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified

Usage: The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary--de Saussure

Main entry: augury, foretoken, sign, preindication

Definition: an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come

Usage: he hoped it was an augury; it was a sign from God

Main entry: planetary house, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign, house, mansion

Definition: (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

Main entry: polarity, sign

Definition: having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)

Usage: he got the polarity of the battery reversed; charges of opposite sign

Main entry: sign

Definition: (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease

Usage: there were no signs of asphyxiation

Definitions for (verb) sign

Main entry: bless, sign

Definition: make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

Main entry: sign

Definition: be engaged by a written agreement

Usage: He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18; The soprano signed to sing the new opera

Main entry: sign

Definition: communicate in sign language

Usage: I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin

Main entry: sign, subscribe

Definition: mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)

Usage: She signed the letter and sent it off; Please sign here

Main entry: sign, signal, signalise, signalize

Definition: communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

Usage: He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture; The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu

Main entry: sign

Definition: place signs, as along a road

Usage: sign an intersection; This road has been signed

Main entry: sign, sign on, sign up, contract

Definition: engage by written agreement

Usage: They signed two new pitchers for the next season

Main entry: sign, ratify

Definition: approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation

Usage: All parties ratified the peace treaty; Have you signed your contract yet?

Definitions for (adj) sign

Main entry: gestural, sign, sign-language, signed

Definition: used of the language of the deaf

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