• Painting and signature
    Painting and signature
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n signature a distinguishing style "this room needs a woman's touch"
    • n signature a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book
    • n signature your name written in your own handwriting
    • n signature the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
    • n signature a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, JohnHancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, butthe last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
    • Signature (Print) A letter or figure placed at the bottom of the first page of each sheet of a book or pamphlet, as a direction to the binder in arranging and folding the sheets.
    • Signature (Old Med) A resemblance between the external characters 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.
    • Signature A sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal. "The brain, being well furnished with various traces, signatures , and images.""The natural and indelible signature of God, which human souls . . . are supposed to be stamped with."
    • Signature (Physiol) An outward mark by which internal characteristics were supposed to be indicated. "Some plants bear a very evident signature of their nature and use."
    • Signature Especially, the name of any person, written with his own hand, employed to signify that the writing which precedes accords with his wishes or intentions; a sign manual; an autograph.
    • Signature (Pharm) That part of a prescription which contains the directions to the patient. It is usually prefaced by S or abbreviation for the Latin signa, imperative of signare to sign or mark).
    • Signature (Mus) The designation of the key (when not C major, or its relative, A minor) by means of one or more sharps or flats at the beginning of the staff, immediately after the clef, affecting all notes of the same letter throughout the piece or movement. Each minor key has the same signature as its relative major.
    • Signature (Print) The printed sheet so marked, or the form from which it is printed; as, to reprint one or more signatures .
    • v. t Signature To mark with, or as with, a signature or signatures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: John Hancock and Charles Thomson were the only people to sign the Declaration of independence on July 4th, 1776. The last signature came five years later.
    • n signature A distinguishing sign, mark, or manifestation; an indicative appearance or characteristic, either physical or mental; a condition or quality significant of something: as, the signatures of a person's temperament seen in his face.
    • n signature Specifically An external natural marking upon, or a symbolical appearance or characteristic of, a plant, mineral, or other object or substance, formerly supposed by the Paracelsians (and still by some ignorant persons) to indicate its special medicinal quality or appropriate use. The medical theory based upon this conception, known as the doctrine of signatures, took note of color (as yellow flowers for jaundice and the bloodstone for hemorrhage), shape (as that of the roots of mandrake and ginseng) various peculiarities of marking, etc. Many existing names of plants, minerals, etc., originated from this theory. See kidneywort, mandrake, scorpion-grass. Also called sign, seal, and sigil.
    • n signature The name of a person, or something used as representing his name, affixed or appended to a writing or the like, either by himself or by deputy, as a verification, authentication, or assent (as to a petition or a pledge). The initials, the first or familiar name by which one is known, or the mark or sign of the cross, and the like, if affixed by the person for that purpose, is a legal signature. A British peer uses his title as signature: thus, the Marquis of Salisbury signs himself simply “Salisbury.” Prelates of the Church of England adopt siguatnres from the Latinized designations of their sees: thus, the Archbishop of Canterbury (E. W. Benson) signs himself “E. W. Cantuar.”; theBishop of Oxford (W. Stubbs), “W. Oxon.” See sign, v. t., 2, 3.
    • n signature In Scots law, a writing formerly prepared and presented by a writer to the signet to the baron of exchequer, as the ground of a royal grant to the person in whose name it was presented. This, having in the case of an original charter the sign manual of the sovereign, and in other cases the cachet appointed by the act of union for Scotland, attached to it, became the warrant of a conveyance under one or other of the seals, according to the nature of the subject or the object in view. Imp. Dict.
    • n signature A letter or figure placed by the printer at the foot of the first page of every section or gathering of a book. The letters begin with A, the figures with l, and follow in regular order on succeeding sections. They are intended to aid the binder in folding, collating, and arranging the sections consecutively. In early printed books the signature-mark was often repeated on the 3d, 5th, and 7th pages of a section of 16 pages as an additional safeguard for the folder: as, A on 1st page, A i on 3d, A ii on 5th, and A iv on 7th page. This practice has been discontinued except for offcuts of 12mos, which have the signature repeated.
    • n signature Hence A sheet; especially, in bookbinders' use, a sheet after it has been folded and is ready to be gathered.
    • n signature In musical notation, the signs placed at the beginning of a staff to indicate the key (tonality) and the rhythm of a piece. The term properly includes the clef (which see), since it determines the form of the key-signature. The key-signature consists of sharps or flats placed upon the degrees corresponding to the black digitals of the keyboard that are to be used; their number and position show also the position of the key-note. The key-signature of a minor key is the same as that of its relative major key, A key-signature made up of sharps is called a sharp signature; one made up of flats is called a flat signature. The key-signature may be altered in the course of the piece. In this case a heavy bar is inserted, and the sharps or flats that are not to continue in force are nullified by cancels (naturals) prefixed to the new signature. The key-signatures most in use with the common G and F clefs are as follows: Some slight variations in the above forms occur. (See key, keg-signature, and circle of kegs (under circle).) The rhythmical signature, or time-signature, consists of two numerals, the upper of which indicates the number of principal beats in the measure, and the lower the kind of note chosen to represent one such beat. (See rhythm, and rhythmical signature (under rhythmical).) The keysignature is usually repeated at the beginning of every brace; but the rhythmical signature is given but once.
    • n signature In entomology, a mark resembling a letter; one of the marks of a signate surface.
    • signature To mark out; distinguish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Hitchcock’s movie, "Rear Window", Jimmy Stewart plays a character wearing a leg cast from the waist down. In one scene, the cast switches legs, and in another, the signature on the cast is missing.
    • n Signature sig′na-tūr a sign or mark: the name of a person written by himself:
    • adj Signature having signed, bound by signature
    • n Signature sig′na-tūr (mus.) the flats and sharps after the clef to show the key: a sheet after being folded, the figure or letter at the foot of the page indicating such
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  • Beverly Sills
    Beverly Sills
    “Art is the signature of civilizations.”
  • Mother Teresa
    “So many signatures for such a small heart.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “Many plays, are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.”
  • Pat Riley
    “A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. (cf. It. signatura, segnatura, Sp. & LL. signatura,), from L. signare, signatum,. See Sign (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. signatura—L. signāre, -ātum, to sign.


In literature:

At the third reading no division was had, but a second protest, bearing 28 signatures, was entered.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
You may be sure that I should make very drastic inquiries as to the origin of the signature.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
It was upon this sheet that Robespierre had placed his signature.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
It's only a matter of my signature, isn't it?
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Would you mind letting me look at the signature, Jerry?
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
The letter bore no signature.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
It is said that the aggregate number of signatures obtained exceeded 24,500.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
She turned to the signature.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The inside address may be written at the end of the letter, from the left, below the signature.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
After a great deal of talking, the bill passed the Assembly and then the Senate, and went to the governor for his signature.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
The name only is your signature.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Then follow signatures company commanders.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
At the conclusion, when he came to the signature, he indulged himself in a soft low whistle.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
The signature of the president of the firm.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
The catchword appears only on the last page of the signature, not on every page, as was the later practice.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
The book is now stripped of its former binding, and the next step is to take it apart, signature by signature.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The signature to it was a very peculiar one that the most expert forger in the world would have found it almost impossible to imitate.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Another of the signatures of death is inactivity.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Both signatures are on all my letters but the one, and from that the second signature has been in some way omitted.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
You see the place for your signature marked with a pencil.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace

In poetry:

Now brightly in the air,
Love's vivid signature
Is more than I can bear,
I bind my flowing hair.
"For the Seasons" by Marya Zaturenska
But the fair pictures that fall from above
On the heart's mirror sublime
Carry a signature written in tints,
Bright with the future of time.
"Dreams Of Beauty" by Adah Isaacs Menken
What use is the haste?
What use is the haste?
When the conscience of the people remains alive
Like the fuse of a bomb…
All the signatures of Oslo will not equal
A mustard seed!!…
"The Hasteners" by Nizar Qabbani
His signature is on the scroll of fame,
You cannot well forget him, though you would, sir,
The man is dead, not so his homely name,
Who drinks alone—drinks toast to Jimmy Wood, sir.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
with all this waiting around. But the heart,
this child of myself that resides in the flesh,
this ultimate signature of the me, the start
of my blindness and sleep, builds a death crèche.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
“Manor and moor and farm and wold
Their greed begrudged him sore,
And parchments old with passionate hold
They guarded heretofore;
And they carped at signature and seal,
But they may carp no more.
"Strife and Peace" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

BJ's offers signature beers on tap as well as specialty and seasonal beers on tap throughout the year.
Deer hunt foes collect enough signatures for vote.
Cool and colorful cardigans are another signature style for the FLOTUS.
Enjoy the signature burgers and classic salads, pastas as well as select steak entrees.
Jordy Smith on making a signature film with Kai Neville.
Signature Event July 29, 1996.
Thierer calls the sticker cards his calling card and signature.
Paul Ryan's record runs deeper than his signature budget and Medicare ideas.
The tomato reigns as Sacramento's signature food item, but how about a wine that sums up the area.
It needs more than 2,000 signatures.
As a result, the Captains have a signature win and an early hold on first place in the conference.
The Fleur De Lis is the signature cocktail of Best Dressed of Louisville.
The one and only Danny DeVito will promote his signature limoncello tomorrow from 3 to 5 pm as part of the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Convention Center.
Clean Water Portland's drive needed only 19,000 valid signatures but got more than 33,000.
They hope to collect enough signatures to hold a referendum next year.

In science:

The typical veto gate-time will be ∼100 µs to allow for delayed signatures due to neutron interactions.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The other decays give characteristic and identifiable signatures.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
Therefore, this signature condition yields constraints on the coefficients appearing in the polynomials.
A class of colliding waves in metric-affine gravity, nonmetricity and torsion shock waves
Remark 3. A generalized triangle orbifold is uniquely determined by the signature and D1 as it was shown above, however different signatures can correspond to the same orbifolds.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
The signature of the 5D metric is (+ − − − −) while the signature of the 4D metric is (+ − −−).
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
Signature Theorem in dimension 4 implies that p1 (M ) = 3τ (M ) = 0, where τ is the signature of M , and hence M (and S 3 × M ) has vanishing first Pontryagin class.
New aspects of the ddc-lemma
The signature of M is defined as the signature of a given quadratic form Q.
The Signature of a Manifold
The signature of compact, without boundary, orientable manifold, σ(M ), is the signature of the quadratic form Q.
The Signature of a Manifold
We detect a clear Stokes V signature in both cases, with no significant di fference between them nor with the Stokes V signature calculated with all lines.
The magnetic field of the pre-main sequence Herbig Ae star HD 190073
Moreover, if the signature of NS(T ) is (s, r), then the signature of NS(Km(T )) is (s, r+ 16).
Automorphisms and autoequivalences of generic analytic K3 surfaces
Let ∆ denote the signature (type) of relational symbols, and let Rel(∆) denote the class of all relational structures with signature ∆.
Forbidden lists (NP and CSP for combinatorialists)
We will often work with two (fixed) signatures, ∆ and ∆ ∪ ∆′ (the signatures ∆ and ∆′ are always supposed to be disjoint).
Forbidden lists (NP and CSP for combinatorialists)
Basically, it is equal to the usual signature of a complex complete intersection with same Newton polytopes, when this signature is defined.
Euler Characteristic of real nondegenerate tropical complete intersections
When Y is a pro jective complete intersection of even dimension (over C), then the mixed signature ˜σ(Y ) is equal to the usual signature σ(Y ) = Pp+q=0 (−1)php,q (Y ), where the hp,q (Y ) are Hodge numbers.
Euler Characteristic of real nondegenerate tropical complete intersections
While it is unclear what the exact observational signature in Xrays should be, Chandra’s resolution should in principle already be good enough to find signatures of developing KH instabilities.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies