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Definition of the noun signifier

What does signifier mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: signifiers

  1. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

Alternative definition of the noun signifier


  1. [linguistics] The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.


Signifier is a record label.


Signifier is a musical group.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Signifier

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Google previewAspects of the Theory of Morphology (2006)

by Igor Mel'cuk

Major types of morphological processes To sum up, the six major types of morphological processes are as follows: Processes using signs whose signifier is an entity Processes using signs whose signifier is a segmental entity Processes using ...

Google previewFilm (1977)

Historical-Theoretical Speculations by Allen, Edward Buscombe, Douglas Gomery, B. Lawton

The signifier is the lighting system as established by the cinematographer illuminating the object, including not only light but also reflectors, screens, gobos, etc. which may alter or modify the direction or intensity of the light, the lighting ratios, ...

Google previewLaclau (2004)

A Critical Reader by Simon Critchley, Oliver Marchart

Empty signifier is the name that has no referent in the situation.

The empty signifier is a term which creates its referent.

The production of an empty signifier is an absolutely creative moment, a moment with no links to what is already ...

Google previewRethinking Photography (2015)

Histories, Theories and Education by Peter Smith, Carolyn Lefley

The signifier is an object or a shape on a surface. It is a sound- image, the word (spoken or written), or the picture that...

An example of a signifier is the word 'ketchup';. Ferdinand de Saussure, the Swiss linguist and pioneer of ...

Google previewLacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy (2013)

by Ian Parker, David Pavón-Cuéllar

The signifier is an element that characterizes itself as being oppositional, differential and relative (a definition given by Saussure for...

Google previewBeneath the Veil of the Strange Verses (2013)

Reading Scandalous Texts by Jeremiah L. Alberg

The signifier is the victim,” writes Girard. “The signified constitutes all actual and potential meaning the...

Thus the transcendental signifier is a fundamental misrecognition of the truth. Its representation in language shares in this duplicity.

Google previewBlows Like a Horn (2009)

Beat Writing, Jazz, Style, and Markets in the Transformation of U.S. Culture by Preston Whaley

A healthy signifier is a moving target that does not stop moving no matter how many times you shoot it. In other words, its terms are inclusive, mutable, and open. It transfigures foreign objects (even deadly bullets) into constituents, resources, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

According to the influential theory of the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure, every sign has two inseparable aspects: the *signifier, which is the materially perceptible component such as a sound or written mark, and the *signified, which is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Media and Communication (2011)

by Daniel Chandler, Rod Munday

imaginary signifier 202 no clear boundaries between itself and the external world . Lacan argues that in the mirror phase, or stage, (at the age of six- to eighteen- months, before the acquisition of speech), seeing one's mirror image induces a ...

Google previewDeleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

As such, the signifier comes to adopt instead a kind of physical or distinct independence and objecthood, whereby the relationship between signifier and signified is further obliterated. Deleuze and Guattari contend that all articulations are ...

Google previewThe Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (1995)

by Joseph Childers

SIGNIFIER/SIGNIFIED The theory of the sign circulated by the American founder of SEMIOTICS, C. S. Peirce, has enjoyed a smaller circulation than that of Saus- sure's, but its distinction between three types of sign — the iconic, index- ical ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Archaeology (2002)

by Ian Shaw

who identified the sign as the most fundamental unit of communication, gave the term a more precise meaning: a sign is the relationship between the signifier, the signified ...

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Quotes about Signifier

When the creation was not there

The darkness stood before its own eyes

A signified without any signifier

And the void burst in loud cries

Unlocking the untold treasure

That silence held in her indeterminate purse (Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya)
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Scrabble value of S1I1G2N1I1F4I1E1R1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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