• "Horn" sign. Neapolitan
    "Horn" sign. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sign used of the language of the deaf
    • v sign make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
    • v sign be engaged by a written agreement "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18","The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
    • v sign communicate in sign language "I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
    • v sign mark with one's signature; write one's name (on) "She signed the letter and sent it off","Please sign here"
    • v sign communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture","The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
    • v sign place signs, as along a road "sign an intersection","This road has been signed"
    • v sign engage by written agreement "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
    • v sign approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation "All parties ratified the peace treaty","Have you signed your contract yet?"
    • n sign structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted "the highway was lined with signboards"
    • n sign a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened) "he showed signs of strain","they welcomed the signs of spring"
    • n sign any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
    • n sign a public display of a message "he posted signs in all the shop windows"
    • n sign a character indicating a relation between quantities "don't forget the minus sign"
    • n sign a gesture that is part of a sign language
    • n sign a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure"
    • n sign an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come "he hoped it was an augury","it was a sign from God"
    • n sign (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
    • n sign having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges) "he got the polarity of the battery reversed","charges of opposite sign"
    • n sign (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease "there were no signs of asphyxiation"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Negation. Pai-Ute sign Negation. Pai-Ute sign
Absaroka tribal sign. Shoshoni Absaroka tribal sign. Shoshoni
Apache tribal sign. Kaiowa, etc Apache tribal sign. Kaiowa, etc
Apache tribal sign. Pima and Papago Apache tribal sign. Pima and Papago
Arikara tribal sign. Arapaho and Dakota Arikara tribal sign. Arapaho and Dakota
Arikara tribal sign. Absaroka Arikara tribal sign. Absaroka
Blackfoot tribal sign. Dakota Blackfoot tribal sign. Dakota
Blackfoot tribal sign. Shoshoni Blackfoot tribal sign. Shoshoni

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1923, the first neon sign was introduced in the U.S. Two neon signs were sold to a Packard car dealership for $24,000 which read, "Packard."
    • n Sign (Astron) That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.☞ Educaters of the deaf distinguish between natural signs, which serve for communicating ideas, and methodical, or systematic signs, adapted for the dictation, or the rendering, of written language, word by word; and thus the signs are to be distinguished from the manual alphabet, by which words are spelled on the fingers. "Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God.""It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign , that they will believe the voice of the latter sign .""What time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign .""The holy symbols, or signs , are not barely significative; but what they represent is as certainly delivered to us as the symbols themselves.""Saint George of Merry England, the sign of victory.""They made signs to his father, how he would have him called.""The shops were, therefore, distinguished by painted signs , which gave a gay and grotesque aspect to the streets.""An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace."
    • Sign To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting. "Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed,
      And let him sign it."
    • Sign To assign or convey formally; -- used with away.
    • Sign To be a sign or omen.
    • Sign To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
    • Sign To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign. "We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross."
    • Sign To mark; to make distinguishable.
    • Sign To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify. "I signed to Browne to make his retreat."
    • Sign To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The town with the most stop signs per capita than any other in the US: LaConner, Washington
    • n sign Avisible mark or impress, whether natural or artificial, accidental or purposed, serving to convey information, suggest an idea, or assist inference; a distinctive guiding indication to the eye.
    • n sign An arbitrary or conventional mark used as an abbreviation for a known meaning; a figure written technically instead of the word or words which it represents, according to prescription or usage: as, mathematical, astronomical, medical, botanical, or musical signs; occult signs; an artist's sign. The most common mathematical signs are those indicating tile relations of quantities in arithmetical and algebraic processes. (See notation, 2.) The principal astronomical signs are those representing the names of the twelve divisions or constellations of the zodiac. (See def. 11.) Others symbolize the sun, the earth, and the other planets, the moon and its different phases, and the first twenty or more of the asteroids or planetoids. (See symbol.) All these, as well as the zodiacal signs, are in form significant of the names or the bodies for which they stand. The eight aspects have also signs, as follows: conjunction, opposition, △ trine, quadratnre, * sextile, and three others very rarely used. In zoology two astronomical signs, and of Mars and Venus, are constantly used to denote male and female respectively; to which is sometimes added a plain circle, O, meaning a young animal of undetermined sex. These signs for sex are in a good many of the cuts of insects figured in this volume (see, for example, silk-spider). In botany indicates a monocarpic plant; , an annual; , a biennial; , a perennial; , a shrub; , a tree; , a male plant or flower; , a female plant or flower; , a hermaphrodite plant or flower; ∞, indefinitely numerous; O =, cotyledons accumbent; O ||, cotyledons incumbent, etc. The following signs are in common use in medicine and pharmacy: , recipe; , ounce: , fluidounce; 3, dram; f3, fluidrachm; , scruple; , minim.
    • n sign Something displayed to announce the presence of any one; a cognizance; a standard; a banner.
    • n sign An inscribed board, plate, or space, or a symbolical representation or figure, serving for guidance or information, as on or before a place of business or of public resort, or along a road: as, a merchant's or shopman's sign; a tavern -sign; a swinging sign; a tin sign; a sign-board. Places of business, and especially taverns, were formerly often known by the names of the figures or representations used by them for signs, as the Cock and Bull for a tavern, the Bible and Keys for a bookstore, etc.
    • n sign A symbolical representation; a symbol; hence, in absolute use, symbolical significance; allusive representation: with in.
    • n sign A representative or indicative thing; a tangible, audible, or historical token, symbol, or memento; an exponent or indicator: as, words are the signs of thought; the ruin is a sign of past grandeur.
    • n sign In general, anything which serves to manifest, stand for, or call up the idea of another thing to the mind of the person perceiving it; evidence of something past, present, or future; a symptom: as, to show signs of life; a sign of foul or fair weather; signs of war; signs of a contagious disease.
    • n sign In Biblical use:
    • n sign That by which a person or thing is known, especially as divinely distinguished (Luke ii. 12; Rom. iv. 11; 2 Cor. xii. 12).
    • n sign Especially, an appearance or occurrence indicative of the divine presence or power, and authenticating a message or messenger (Acts ii. 22, vii. 36; 1 Cor. i. 22): a miraculous manifestation or warning; a portent; an omen.
    • n sign A motion or gesture intended to express thought or convey an idea; a movement of the hand or some other part of the body having a natural or conventional significance: as, the instinctive, artificial, or alphabetical signs of the deaf and dumb; pantomimic signs; to manifest assent by a sign.
    • n sign A spoken symbol; a signal-cry; a watchword: a use still seen in countersign.
    • n sign One of the twelve divisions of the zodiac, each comprising 30 degrees of the ecliptic, and marked as to position by a constellation or group of stars, the name of which is represented by a symbolical figure or sign of ancient origin. The zodiacal signs are Aries, the Ram; Taurus, the Bull; II Gemini, the Twins; ♋ Cancer, the Crab; Leo. the Lion; Virgo, the Maid; Libra, the Balance; Scorpio, the Scorpion; Sagittarius, the Archer; Capricornus, the Goat; Aquarius, the Water-bearer; Pisces, the Fishes. Owing to the precession of the equinoxes, the signs have now moved quite away from the constellations from which they take their names. See zodiac.
    • n sign Figuratively, an individual stamp or quality distinguishing anything done or produced by a person. [Often hyphened.]
    • n sign See equality.
    • n sign See sign of the cross, under cross.
    • n sign Synonyms Note, index, symbol, type, manifestation, signal.
    • n sign Prognostic, Presage, etc. See omen.
    • sign To mark with a sign, either fixed or (as by a significant motion) passing; place a sign or distinguishing mark upon; mark; specifically, to sign with the cross. Compare sain.
    • sign To affix a signature to, as a writing of any kind, a design or painting, or the like, for verification, attestation, or assent; write one's name upon, or something intended to represent one's name, or (as by authorization or assumption) that of another person: as, to sign bills or receipts with the employer's name and the writer's initials; the plans were signed with a monogram. A legal or other paper, a picture, etc., is said to be signed if the person has written his own name or initials at any requisite point in its course, or in the margin it is said to be subscribed only if he has written this at the end.
    • sign To write as a signature: as, to sign one's own or another's name to a letter.
    • sign To affect by a binding signature; dispose of by written assignment or release: with away or off: as, to sign away one's rights; to sign off one's interest in a contract.
    • sign To procure the signature of, as to an agreement; engage by the signing of a contract; put under written obligation.
    • sign To communicate by a sign; make known by a significant motion; signal, as with the hand.
    • sign To give or show signs of; display in appearance or manner; betoken or distinguish by any indication.
    • sign To assign, as to a place or duty; direct; appoint; settle; fix.
    • sign To write one's signature; bind one's self by a signature; make a signed agreement or statement: with an adverbial adjunct: as, to sign off from drinking (that is, to sign the temperance pledge). [According to Bartlett, to sign off formerly meant in Connecticut to free one's self from a parish tax by a written declaration of membership of a church other than that supported by the commonwealth.]
    • sign To serve as a sign; have significance; augur.
    • sign To mate a sign or signs; gesture or point significantly.
    • n sign In geometry, the symbol .
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1972, a gorilla by the name of "Koko" was taught ASL (American Sign Language) for the deaf. By the year 2000, the gorilla could understand approximately 2,000 English words
    • n Sign sīn mark, token: proof: that by which a thing is known or represented: a word, gesture, symbol, or mark, intended to signify something else: a remarkable event: an omen: a miraculous manifestation: a memorial: something set up as a notice in a public place: : :
    • v.t Sign to represent or make known by a sign: to attach a signature to
    • v.i Sign to give one's signature: to make a particular sign
    • n Sign sīn (math.) a mark showing the relation of quantities or an operation to be performed
    • n Sign sīn (med.) a symptom
    • n Sign sīn (astron.) one of the twelve parts of the zodiac, each comprising 30 degrees of the ecliptic
    • ***


  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “The surest sign of age is loneliness.”
  • Albert Camus
    “The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.”


Signed, sealed and delivered - If something's signed, sealed and delivered, it has been done correctly, following all the necessary procedures.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seinen, to bless, originally, to make the sign of the cross over; in this sense fr. ASS. segnian,from segn, n.), or OF. seignier, F. signer, to mark, to sign (in sense 3), fr. L. signare, to mark, set a mark upon, from signum,. See Sign (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. signe—L. signum.


In literature:

There is every sign of the calm continuing; and perhaps in the morning, when the wind comes off the land, we may get the brig afloat.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Instead there came a messenger from the hospital with a note signed by a doctor.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
No water; no signs of water.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was ready at a sign to launch into his story, but he was looking for that sign.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
They signed out as a team ... and then Johnny came back to Mars on the first shuttle ship.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Seen any signs as you come along'?
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
For when God above sends a sign, it's not to be supposed he'd have only one meaning.
"Romola" by George Eliot
If Malmesbury had not induced Haugwitz to sign the treaty then, it would never have been signed at all.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
There was danger of Indians, of course, but they kept a sharp watch, and as they ate, they neither saw nor heard any sign.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As willing ministers of God's pleasure, to other signs they give regard, proving themselves a living sign.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham

In poetry:

And, as a sign of genius
Above the common kind,
A wreath of gilded laurel
Around my hat they twined.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
"The jewels of the Urim
And Thurnmim all are dim;
The fire has left the altar,
The sign the teraphim.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"But dream not helm and harness
The sign of valor true;
Peace bath higher tests of manhood
Than battle ever knew.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The eternal silences were broken;
Hell became Heaven as I passed. —
What shall I give you as a token,
A sign that we have met, at last?
"The Call" by Rupert Brooke
Thus, thought I, our joys must die,
Yes -- the brightest from earth we win:
Till each turns away, with a sign,
To the lamp that burns brightly within.
"Musings" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What can I do for thee, Beloved,
Whose feet so little while ago
Trod the same way-side dust with mine,
And now up paths I do not know
Speed, without sound or sign?
"Commissioned" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

The treaty is to be formally signed on Friday, with the US threatening not to sign.
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Does the Angels signing of Hamilton mean that the Rangers will now be desperate to sign Nick Swisher.
Lakeport Ford signs will be taken down from the dealership , located at 2440 S Main St, and Airport Auto Brokers signs will return.
Orioles signed outfielder to a minor-league free-agent deal in July, giving him a $778,500 signing bonus.
"We've had three candidates with a total of 15 signs removed in that immediate area," said Christian Berrigan who set up the sign sting.
Like the trains, the latter tradition will continue to power on today when three players from city high schools are expected to sign with Division I college programs on the first day of the NCAA's fall signing period.
'The only pledge I'd sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges.
"You can put signs up everywhere, but if you don't enforce it, it's just another sign," Hancock said.
It is standard practice for office buildings to require anyone who enters at night or on weekends to sign in -- and sign out.
Everyone is invited to experience a piece of history withperiod costumes, a proclamation of Placerville by Mayor Mark Acuna, and the signing of a large constitution of which everyone will have a chance to sign.
4) OL Rich Ohrnberger Joe Linta & Thomas Kleine JL Sports firm, which also represents Patriots OL Russ Hochstein, has a history of signing rookies early Signed 4-year deal June 16.
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Gomes signs 2-year deal with Red Sox, Brewers sign Badenhop.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign.

In science:

In the special case of the hyperoctahedral group Z2 ≀ Sn , we refer to the elements (~u; e) as signed identities and the elements (~v ; τ ) as signed transpositions.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
But: Why do we have sign-coherence in f p? Because in ∆j = 2 spaces, the signs, by construction, are the same as in LS coupling .
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Therefore, the sign of ∂P /∂ f is determined by the sign of ∂Z1/∂Z0 .
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
Unlike GR, the values of H+ and H− in GTG are sign-variable and, hence, both solutions corresponding to H+ and H− can describe the expansion as well as the compression in dependence on their sign.
Non-Singular Cosmology and Gauge Theories of Gravitation
With probability q the spin takes the opposite sign of the ma jority of its neighbors, and it takes the same sign with probability (1 − q).
Majority-vote model on random graphs