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Sign appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Keeping is a sign I peek.
  • No sign, in evening, is on.
  • Retracting, I sign it, Carter.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sign:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sign:

ratifysubscribeblesssignalcontractsign

The word sign is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sign

What does sign mean as a name of something?

Sign is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: signs

  1. a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    • examples: he showed signs of strain | they welcomed the signs of spring
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of sign: mark
    • more generic words: clew / clue / cue = evidence that helps to solve a problem
    • more specific word: token = something serving as a sign of something else
  2. a public display of a message
    • example: he posted signs in all the shop windows
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: communication = something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
    • more specific terms:
  3. any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
  4. structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of sign: signboard
    • more generic words: construction / structure = a thing constructed
    • more specific terms:
      • billboard / hoarding = large outdoor signboard
      • sandwich board = signboard consisting of two hinged boards that hang front and back from the shoulders of a walker and are used to display advertisements
      • scoreboard = a large board for displaying the score of a contest
      • shingle = a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.
  5. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  6. (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
    • example: there were no signs of asphyxiation
    • domain: medical specialty / medicine
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: evidence / grounds = your basis for belief or disbelief
    • more specific term: vital sign = sign of life
    • part of: disease = an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
  7. having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
  8. an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
  9. a gesture that is part of a sign language
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: gesture / motion = the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
    • part of: sign language / signing = language expressed by visible hand gestures
  10. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
  11. a character indicating a relation between quantities
    • example: don't forget the minus sign
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic term: mathematical notation = a notation used by mathematicians
    • more specific terms:
      • equal sign = a sign indicating that the quantities on either side are equal
      • plus sign = a sign indicating the operation of addition
      • minus sign = a sign indicating the operation of subtraction
      • radical sign = a sign indicating the extraction of a root

Alternative definition of the noun sign

noun

  1. [sometimes, also used uncountably] A visible indication.
  2. A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures.
  3. A traffic sign.
  4. A meaningful gesture.
  5. Any of several specialized non-alphabetic symbols.
  6. [astrology] An astrological sign.
  7. [mathematics] Positive or negative polarity.
  8. A linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages.
  9. [uncountable] sign language in general
  10. An omen.
  11. [medicine] A property of the body that indicates a disease and, unlike a symptom, is unlikely to be noticed by the patient.

Definition of the adjective sign

What does sign mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: signer |

  1. used of the language of the deaf

Definition of the verb sign

What does sign mean as a doing word?

Sign is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: signed | signing | signs

  1. mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
    • examples: She signed the letter and sent it off | Please sign here
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribbling
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination]Smith was inscribing the rings
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Smith inscribed the ring with his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Smith inscribed his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Smith inscribed his name on the ring

      Image Creation Verbs (with the same syntax): annotate, applique, emboss, embroider, engrave, etch, imprint, incise, inscribe, mark, paint, scar, set, stamp, tattoo.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of sign: subscribe
    • more generic word: write = communicate or express by writing
    • more specific word: rubricate = sign with a mark instead of a name
  2. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    • example: Have you signed your contract yet?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribblingImage Creation Verbs: annotate, applique, emboss, embroider, engrave, etch, imprint, incise, inscribe, mark, paint, scar, set, stamp, tattoo
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination]Smith was inscribing the rings
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Smith inscribed the ring with his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Smith inscribed his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Smith inscribed his name on the ring
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Heather cabled SaraVerbs of Communication: broadcast, cable, e-mail, fax, modem, netmail, phone, radio, relay, satellite, semaphore, signal, telecast, telegraph, telephone, telex, wire, wireless
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic]Ellen told Helen a story | Ellen told me, 'Leave the room.' | Heather cabled Sara the news
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic]Ellen told Helen about the situation | Heather cabled Sara about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen told a story to Helen | Heather cabled the news to Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, for-complement clause]Heather cabled for Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic]Heather cabled to Sara, 'Come immediately.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled to Sara when to send the package
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of sign: ratify
    • more generic words: formalise / formalize / validate = declare or make legally valid
    • entailment: endorse / indorse = sign as evidence of legal transfer
  3. be engaged by a written agreement
    • examples: He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18 | The soprano signed to sing the new opera
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: contract / undertake = enter into a contractual arrangement
    • more specific words:
  4. engage by written agreement
    • example: They signed two new pitchers for the next season
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I hired two secretariesVerbs of Change of Possession: contract, employ, engage, enlist, hire, recruit, reinstate, sign on, sign up, subcontract, take, train
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]I hired two secretaries as helpers
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribblingImage Creation Verbs: annotate, applique, emboss, embroider, engrave, etch, imprint, incise, inscribe, mark, paint, scar, set, stamp, tattoo
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination]Smith was inscribing the rings
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Smith inscribed the ring with his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Smith inscribed his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Smith inscribed his name on the ring
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of sign: contract / sign on / sign up
    • more generic words: employ / engage / hire = engage or hire for work
    • more specific term: contract out = assign a job to someone outside one's own business
  5. communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
    • examples: He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture | They sign them the information | They sign the information to them
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Heather cabled Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic]Ellen told Helen a story | Ellen told me, 'Leave the room.' | Heather cabled Sara the news
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled Sara when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic]Ellen told Helen about the situation | Heather cabled Sara about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen told a story to Helen | Heather cabled the news to Sara
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled when to send the package
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, for-complement clause]Heather cabled for Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic]Heather cabled to Sara, 'Come immediately.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to Sara to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Heather cabled to Sara when to send the package

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): broadcast, cable, e-mail, fax, modem, netmail, phone, radio, relay, satellite, semaphore, signal, telecast, telegraph, telephone, telex, wire, wireless.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of sign: signal / signalise / signalize
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific words:
      • wigwag = signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code
      • semaphore = send signals by or as if by semaphore
      • heliograph = signal by means of a mirror and the using the sun's rays
      • flag = communicate or signal with a flag
      • whistle = give a signal by whistling
  6. place signs, as along a road
    • examples: sign an intersection | This road has been signed
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  7. communicate in sign language
    • example: I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
  8. make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

Alternative definition of the verb sign

verb

  1. [transitive] To write one's signature on (a document), thus showing authorship.
  2. [transitive] To give legal consent by writing one's signature.
  3. [transitive] To persuade to sign a contract.
  4. [intransitive] To write one's signature somewhere.
  5. [intransitive] [colloquial] To give autographs.
  6. [intransitive] To communicate using sign language.
  7. [transitive] To communicate using (sign langauge).

Film

"Sign" a.k.a. "Signs" is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam Mercer. On August 2, 2002, the original motion picture soundtrack, which was composed by James Newton Howard, was released by the Hollywood Records label. A joint collective effort to commit to the film's production was made by Touchstone Pictures, Blinding Edge Pictures, and the Kennedy/Marshall Company. It was commercially distributed by Buena Vista Pictures theatrically, and by Touchstone Home Entertainment in home media format.

Music

  1. "Sign" is the twenty-sixth single released by Mr. Children on May 26, 2004. The title track was used as the theme song to the Japanese drama Orange Days and won the 'Song of the Year' award, known as the 'Grand Prize', in addition to the 'Gold Prize' award at the 46th annual Japan Record Awards ten years after the group's win for their 1994 single "Innocent World". The single went on to also win 'Best Theme Song' at the 41st Television Drama Academy Awards and also 'Song of the year' at the 19th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards. Like their previous single, it debuted at number one with 370,000 copies in its first week.It has sold over 770,000 copies, and became the 2nd best selling single of 2004.
  2. "Sign" is Beni's sixth single under the label Nayutawave Records. The leading song contains a sample of the piano from Yumi Matsutoya's 1994 song "Haru yo, Koi". The first press bonus will include a BENIxMURUA collaborative interchangeable jacket and for a lucky group of fifty, they will be awarded with a BENIxMURUA collaborative T-shirt. The single charted at the weekly spot #50 and sold 1,596 copies.
  3. "Sign" is the seventh album by Clock DVA, released on August 3, 1993 through Contempo Records.
  4. "Sign" is a musical album of Nobukazu Takemura.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  5. "Sign" is the second album from the Japanese rock group, No Regret Life. It is also the first album produced under their new label, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Records.
  6. "Sign" is a 2004 single by Mr. Children.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  7. "Sign" is a musical single of Chihiro Onitsuka.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  8. "sign" is a musical single of Juju.
    • released on
  9. "sign" is a musical single of Ray.
    • released on
  10. "sign" is a composition.
  11. "SIGN" is a musical single of Brown Eyed Girls.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  12. "Sign" is a composition.
  13. "Sign" is a musical single of OCEANLANE.
    • released on (12 years ago)

Group

Sign is an Icelandic rock band that was formed in 2000, as Halim, to compete in the Icelandic version of the Battle of the bands called Musiktilraunir. The band 's frontman and founding member Ragnar Zolberg is also a solo artist and a guitar player in the Swedish band Pain of Salvation. Sign has toured with bands such as Wednesday 13, The Wildhearts, Aiden, The Answer, Skid Row and played a show with Alice Cooper in Iceland. In August 2007 Sign played their first headline tour of the UK.

Business

Sign is a record label.

Place

Sign a.k.a. Sinj, historically known as Signo or Sign in Italian, is a town in the continental part of Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. The town itself has a population of 11,478 and the population of the administrative municipality, which includes surrounding villages, is 24,826.

Miscellanea

  1. Sign a.k.a. Signage, refers to the design or use of signs and symbols to communicate a message to a specific group, usually for the purpose of marketing or a kind of advocacy. A signage also means signs collectively or being considered as a group. The term signage is documented to have been popularized in 1975 to 1980.
  2. Sign: In mathematics, the concept of sign originates from the property of every non-zero real number to be positive or negative. Zero itself is signless, although in some contexts it makes sense to consider a signed zero. Along its application to real numbers, "change of sign" is used throughout mathematics and physics to denote the additive inverse, even for quantities which are not real numbers. Also, the word "sign" can indicate aspects of mathematical objects that resemble positivity and negativity, such as the sign of a permutation.
  3. Sign: A sign is an object, quality, event, or entity whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else. A natural sign bears a causal relation to its object—for instance, thunder is a sign of storm. A conventional sign signifies by agreement, as a full stop signifies the end of a sentence..
    • also known as 象徵
  4. Sign: In semiotics, a sign is something that can be interpreted as having a meaning, which is something other than itself, and which is therefore able to communicate information to the one interpreting or decoding the sign. Signs can work through any of the senses, visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory or taste, and their meaning can be intentional such as a word uttered with a specific meaning, or unintentional such as a symptom being a sign of a particular medical condition.
  5. Sign: There are many models of the linguistic sign. A classic model is the one by the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure.
  6. Sign is 2011 South Korean television series, starring Park Shin-yang, Kim Ah-joong, Jun Kwang-ryul, Jung Gyu-woon and Uhm Ji-won. It is about the life of forensic doctors who solve murder cases. It aired on SBS from January 6 to March 10, 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
  7. Sign is FLOW's eighteenth single. Its A-Side was used as the sixth opening theme song for Naruto Shippuden. The single has two editions: regular and limited. The limited edition includes a bonus CD with extra tracks, a wide cap sticker, double-sided jacket, and Sharingan sticker. It reached #4 on the Oricon charts in its first week and charted for 6 weeks.

Phrases with Sign

Phrases starting with the word Sign:

  1. sign in
  2. sign on
  3. sign up
  4. Sign bit
  5. sign off
  6. sign out
  7. Sign-Out

Phrases ending with the word Sign:

  1. v sign
  2. At sign
  3. At-Sign
  4. co-sign
  5. Re-Sign
  6. Air sign
  7. Day Sign
  8. Hex sign
  9. Call sign
  10. Exit sign
  11. Fire Sign
  12. Gang Sign
  13. Hash Sign

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sign

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Google previewInternational Trade and Multinational Activity (2006)

Heterogeneity of Firms, Incentives for Foreign Direct Investment, and International Business Cycle Dynamics by Julian Emami Namini

The word sign refers to the correlation between domestic and foreign aggregate output. If domestic and foreign aggregate output are positively correlated, the transmission channel has a positive sign. The transmission channel has a negative ...

Google previewLet's Sign Pocket Dictionary (2005)

BSL Concise Beginner's Guide by Cath Smith

LET'S SIGN EARLY YEARS BSL Child and Carer Guide Excellent introduction to BSL by Deaf and hearing co-writers. A5 comb-bound or paperback 132 pages * 300 child appropriate signs with variations * Examples of signed phrases ...

Google previewConcise Lexicon for Sign Linguistics (2016)

by Jan Nijen Twilhaar, Beppie van den Bogaerde

Sign language acronyms In the lemmas of this dictionary we regularly refer to sign languages by means of acronyms that are conventionally used in the international literature. These references are not entirely uniform. Some acronyms are ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

American Sign Language is a growing language, one that continues to evolve as new terminology is developed and as older forms of signs are replaced with newer ones. And like living languages everywhere. ASL displays considerable ...

Google previewThe Canadian Dictionary of ASL (2002)

by Carole Sue Bailey, Kathy Dolby, Hilda Marian Campbell, Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf

SIGN: Right 'BENT MIDFINGER 5' hand is held upright with palm facing forward but slanted downward slightly. It is then moved forward with circular motions to simulate the stroking of an imaginary person with the middle finger. Appropriate ...

Google previewThe Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary (1983)

by Harry Bornstein, Karen Luczak Saulnier, Lillian B. Hamilton

sign system, coupled with good learning experiences and the development of reading and writing ...

Google previewAutism Encyclopedia (2009)

The Complete Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders by E. Amanda Boutot, Matt Tincani

SIGN. LANGUAGE. Matt. Tincani. Despite our best efforts, many children with autism have difficulty learning to talk. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may be appropriate for these children. In AAC training, a child is taught ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. B - E. 2 by William Nicholson

is the sign of the real existence of the quantity it stands before, and is called an atfirmative or positive sign. It is also the mark of addition, and is read plus, or more; thus a -|- b,'or 3 + 5, implies a is added to. b, or 3 added to 5. -— before a single ...

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No sign of the dark night yet
No sign of rain in the sky
But the sky is gray
No sign of people crying (Aldo Kraas)
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Scrabble value of S1I1G2N1

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