From (etyl) signe, from (etyl) ; root uncertain.
(sometimes, also used uncountably) A visible indication.
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A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures.
A traffic sign.
- The shops were, therefore, distinguished by painted signs , which gave a gay and grotesque aspect to the streets.
A meaningful gesture.
Any of several specialized non-alphabetic symbols.
(astrology) An astrological sign.
(mathematics) Positive or negative polarity.
A specific gesture or motion used to communicate by those with speaking or hearing difficulties; now specifically, a linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages.
* 2007 , Marcel Danesi, The Quest for Meaning :
- And why not, as well as our dumbe men dispute, argue and tell histories by signes ?
(uncountable) Sign language in general.
- In American Sign Language (ASL), for instance, the sign for 'catch' is formed with one hand (in the role of agent) moving across the body (an action) to grasp the forefinger of the other hand (the patient).
(medicine) A property of the body that indicates a disease and, unlike a symptom, is unlikely to be noticed by the patient.
A military emblem carried on a banner or standard.
* air sign
* astrological sign
* earth sign
* fire sign
* high sign
* Indian sign
* minus sign
* neon sign
* plus sign
* road sign
* sign language
* sign of life
* star sign
* street sign
* traffic sign
* vital sign
* water sign
From (etyl) (seigner), (seiner) et al., (etyl) signer et al., and their source, (etyl) ; see Etymology 1, above. Compare (sain).
To make a mark
#:The Queen signed her letter with the regal signet.
# To mark, to put or leave a mark on.
#*1726 , Elijah Fenton, The Odyssey of Homer :
#*:Meantime revolving in his thoughtful mind / The scar, with which his manly knee was sign'd […].
# To validate or ratify (a document) by writing one's signature on it.
#*c. 1597 , (William Shakespeare), The Merchant of Venice :
#*:Enquire the Iewes house out, giue him this deed, / And let him signe it […].
# More generally, to write one's signature on (something) as a means of identification etc.
#:Just sign your name at the bottom there.
#:I received a letter from some woman who signs herself ‘Mrs Trellis’.
# To write one's signature.
- I forgot to sign that letter to my aunt.
# To finalise a contractual agreement to work for a given sports team, record label etc.
#*2011 , The Guardian , (headline), 18 Oct 2011:
#*:Agents say Wales back Gavin Henson has signed for Cardiff Blues.
# To engage (a sports player, musician etc.) in a contract.
- Please sign on the dotted line.
To make the sign of the cross
# To bless (someone or something) with the sign of the cross; to mark with the sign of the cross.
#* Book of Common Prayer
#*:We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross.
#*1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 34:
#*:At the baptismal ceremony the child was […] signed with the cross in holy water.
# (reflexive) To cross oneself.
#*1855 , (Robert Browning), Men and Women :
#*:Shaking a fist at him with one fierce arm, / Signing himself with the other because of Christ.
# To communicate using a gesture or signal.
#* Sir Walter Scott:
- It was a great month. I managed to sign three major players.
# To communicate using gestures to (someone).
#:He signed me that I should follow him through the doorway.
# To use sign language.
# To furnish (a road etc.) with signs.
- I signed to Browne to make his retreat.
* sign in
* signing bonus
* sign off
* sign on
* sign over
* sign out
* sign up
* sign one's life away
Without a sign or signs.