Definitions of sign:
  • noun:   a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    Example: "He showed signs of strain"
  • noun:   a public display of a (usually written) message
    Example: "He posted signs in all the shop windows"
  • noun:   a character indicating a relation between quantities
    Example: "Don't forget the minus sign"
  • noun:   a gesture that is part of a sign language
  • noun:   a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
    Example: "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary--de Saussure"
  • noun:   (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
    Example: "There were no signs of asphixiation"
  • noun:   structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
    Example: "The highway was lined with signboards"
  • noun:   an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
    Example: "It was a sign from God"
  • noun:   having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
    Example: "Charges of opposite sign"
  • noun:   any communication that encodes a message
    Example: "Signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
  • noun:   (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  • verb:   engage by written agreement
    Example: "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
  • verb:   approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    Example: "Have you signed your contract yet?"
  • verb:   be engaged by a written agreement
    Example: "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"
  • verb:   communicate in sign language
    Example: "I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
  • verb:   mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
    Example: "She signed the letter and sent it off"
  • verb:   communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
    Example: "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"
  • verb:   place signs, as along a road
    Example: "Sign an intersection"
  • verb:   make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

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