Signature vs Clue - What's the difference?

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Signature is a synonym of clue.

As nouns the difference between signature and clue

is that signature is a person’s autograph name while clue is a strand of yarn etc as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.

As a adjective signature

is distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity.

As a verb clue is

to provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").



(en noun)
  • A ’s name, written by that person, used to signify approval of accompanying material, such as a legal contract.
  • *
  • *:Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer languageunderstood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade , or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there. For his signature , however, that was different.
  • The act of signing one's name.
  • (lb) That part of a doctor’s prescription containing directions for the patient.
  • (lb) Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo
  • (lb) A group of four (or a multiple of four) pages printed such that, when folded, become a section of a book
  • (lb) A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.
  • (lb) Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.
  • A mark or sign of implication.
  • *(Richard Bentley) (1662-1742)
  • *:the natural and indelible signature of God, which human souls in their first origin are supposed to be stamped with
  • *1997 : Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault'', page 67, ''The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
  • *:A “signature'” was placed on all things by God to indicate their affinities — but it was hidden, hence the search for arcane knowledge. Knowing was '''guessing''' and ' interpreting , not observing or demonstrating.
  • (lb) A
  • A resemblance between the external character of a disease and those of some physical agent, for instance, that existing between the red skin of scarlet fever and a red cloth; supposed to indicate this agent in the treatment of the disease.
  • See also

    * autograph


    (en-adj) (unusually not comparable)
  • distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity
  • * 2001 , Lawrence J. Vale, Sam Bass Warner, Imaging the city: continuing struggles and new directions
  • Consider Las Fallas'' of Valencia, Spain, arguably the most signature''' of ' signature ephemera.
  • * 2005 , Paul Duchscherer, Linda Svendsen, Beyond the bungalow: grand homes in the arts & crafts tradition
  • Considered the most signature effect of the Tudor Revival style, half-timbering derived its distinctive ...
  • * 2005 , Brett Dawson, Tales from the 2004-05 Fighting Illini
  • But it was perhaps the most signature shot Williams ever made in an Illinois uniform, a bullying basket in which he used his power to pound Stoudamire, ...
    Rabbit in mustard sauce is my signature dish.
  • * 2005:' CBS News website, ''Paul Winchell Dead At Age 82'', read at on 14 May 2006 - The inspiration for [[w:Tigger, Tigger]’s ' signature phrase: TTFN, ta-ta for now.
  • The signature route of the airline is its daily flight between Buenos Aires and Madrid.




    (en noun)
  • A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • she had even had in the past a small smug conviction that in the domestic labyrinth she always kept the clue .
  • Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
  • An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
  • (slang) Insight or understanding ("to have a clue [about]" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)
  • Synonyms

    * (information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion) hint, indication, suggestion * (object or indication which may be used as evidence) signature

    Derived terms

    * * clueless * cluestick / clue stick * cluey * have a clue * not have a clue

    See also

    * evidence * red herring


  • To provide with a clue.
  • The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".
  • To provide someone with information which he or she lacks (often used with "in" or "up").
  • Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.

    Derived terms

    * clued-in * clued-up