signpost

Definitions

  • horse rearing up at signpost
    horse rearing up at signpost
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v signpost mark with a signpost, as of a path
    • n signpost a post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Signpost A post on which a sign hangs, or on which papers are placed to give public notice of anything.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n signpost A post holding a sign. Specifically— A post having an arm from whieh a sign hangs or swings, as before a tavern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Signpost a post on which a sign is hung: a direction-post
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Quotations

  • Louis Kronenberger
    Louis Kronenberger
    “The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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    “There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.”
  • C. S. Lewis
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    “The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. signe—L. signum.

Usage

In literature:

There was a signpost of silvery snow, and on it in letters of pure ice the children read: THIS WAY TO THE NORTH POLE.
"The Book of Dragons" by Edith Nesbit
This is the moment to show you the signposts, to help you to choose the best road.
"The Arbiter" by Lady F. E. E. Bell
Judging by these signposts she considered her tendencies to be "fast".
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
One day a large wagon and eight horses, all with bells at their heads, drove through the village while Dick was standing by the signpost.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The roads were well marked with signposts.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Besides, there is the signpost staring you in the face.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
There was no mention made of this spot on the road-map, and there was no signpost to direct a lost tourist.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Dennis's immovable arm, pointing like an inanimate signpost up the river, fascinated me.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
Surely he must presently come to some village, or some signpost.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
If a town gate bore the name of York Gate, that was equivalent to a signpost, showing that it opened on the York road.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
We displayed the calico signpost at the front of the inn, and at the appointed hour in the evening we had a crowded audience in the room.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
In hell there are no signposts.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
We see it everywhere like a signpost directing our footsteps toward home.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
My father was reading all these signs when he heard pawsteps and ducked behind the signpost.
"My Father's Dragon" by Ruth Stiles Gannett
After wearily trudging through nearly a mile of trenches, I came out at "Signpost Lane," and I am never likely to forget it.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Beside Claygate Lane, where the signpost points to Hook, there is a withybed which is a favourite cover for hares.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
Rather wasn't it a signpost at the parting of two ages?
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Signposts were placed at regular intervals to indicate the way to the nearest city of refuge.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
It is a signpost only set up to guide night travelers.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
An orange spattered against a signpost marking the limits of the yard.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb
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In poetry:

A lonely signpost rises by the way
And points its gaunt grey arms across the dale
As though it mocked, for weather and decay
Have blotted out its tale.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow

In news:

Riemann conjectured that these key signposts—"zeros" of the function—all lie on a single straight line out to infinity, that none are flung off in strange places.
In the late 1980's, when cutting-edge artists were busily appropriating sundry signposts of popular culture in ironic and post-modern ways, Mr Fuss took the modernist route.
Heeding the Digital Signpost Up Ahead.
Something about "the signpost up ahead.".
Well, get out your cameras, because the signpost up ahead could be really, really funny…or just not make any sense at all.
Frogs offer signpost to farmland's wildlife impact.
College Station is another signpost of society's failure to deal with violence.
Heeding the Digital Signpost Up Ahead.
But sometimes the smaller successes satisfy just as much because they can serve as signposts that let you know your life is heading in the right direction.
Among Philly's more depressing sights are the last scraps of abandoned bikes that've been left chained to city signposts and harvested for their useful parts.
Highlights and signposts to lead you through Free Tulsa's maze of bands.
Ford the river and look for signposts at the edge of the hill directly in line with the direction the remainder of the bridge points.
Neon Museum, Signpost To History.
A module of cotton is transported from a field along Blackhead Signpost Road near Courtland.
The low-key green and white signposts that mark properties owned by the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank so often belie the grandeur of what lies at the end of a short trail.
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In science:

Guerra, eds. (Research Signpost, Trivandrum, India, 2005), pp.
Nonlinear effects in random lasers
Such an increase in the CO brightness temperature in outflow cavities is generally interpreted as a signpost of gas heating, due either to outflow shocks (Bachiller & Tafalla, 1999; Hollenbach, 1997) or to ultraviolet photons produced by the protostellar accretion (van Kempen et al., 2009a).
Sub-arcsecond SMA observations of the prototype Class 0 object VLA1623 at 1.3 mm: A single protostar with a structured outflow cavity ?
Masers are another important signpost for massive star formation, as pointed out by V.
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope
F-G-K-M stars with and without detected giant planets orbiting out to a few AU from which to choose additional targets based on the presence or absence of Jupiter signposts (Sozzetti et al. 2003a).
Astrometric Methods and Instrumentation to Identify and Characterize Extrasolar Planets: A Review
The gravitational wave signal is a more promising signpost for mergers.
Delayed X-ray emission from fallback in compact-object mergers
In addition to being signposts of (mostly massive) star formation, the masers provide targets for astrometric studies using VLBI.
Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies
GRBs are intrinsically much brighter than galaxies at the same redshift; hence they act as luminous signposts of star formation activity otherwise undetectable.
First Stars IV: Summary Talk
Although as soon as we leave the class of discrete models these relationships are not as clear any longer, these signposts pinpoint a programme of a general theory of Gibbs measures from which one can take an inspiration.
Gibbs measures on Brownian paths: Theory and applications
The large dots on the histogram show where the two ends of the signpost should be placed. b) 18 more walkers are released and adsorb onto the hull and the signpost (grey), exactly 9 walkers on each.
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
The histogram shows the probability on the hull. c) The next probe step: 18 walkers are released from the locations along the signpost where walkers in the step b) landed (open circles).
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
The dashed line and circles on the histogram show the new threshold and signpost end points.
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
The hull sites that bound regions below a threshold probability (say 0.1 to start out) are used as the end points of an absorbing line, or signposts.
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
These walkers can either diffuse onto the hull or a signpost line.
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
After all walkers have been absorbed, the signpost lines are removed.
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
In the next iteration, the probe step is repeated with N walkers released from the locations along the signpost lines where walkers absorbed in the previous iteration.
Harmonic Measure for Percolation and Ising Clusters Including Rare Events
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