A sign is a representation of an object that implies a connection between itself and its object. 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. (This is in contrast to a symbol which stands for another thing, as a flag may be a symbol of a nation).
The way a sign signifies is called semiosis which is a topic of semiotics and philosophy of language.
How a sign is perceived depends upon what is intended or expressed in the semiotic relationship of:
- Significance (i.e. meaning)
Thus, for example, people may speak of the significance of events, the signification of characters, the meaning of sentences, or the import of a communication. Different ways of relating signs to their objects are called modes of signification.
Uses of conventional signs are varied. Usually the goal is to elicit a response or simply inform. That can be achieved by marking something, displaying a message (i.e. a notice), drawing attention or presenting evidence of an underlying cause (for instance, medical symptoms signify a disease), performing a bodily gesture, etc.
Other articles related to "sign, signs":
... A sign can denote any of the following Sign, in astrology often used to mean the Sun sign Sign or signing, in communication communicating via hand gestures, such as in sign language ... Gang signal Sign, in Tracking (hunting) also known as Spoor (animal) trace evidence left on the ground after passage ... A sign, in common use, is an indication that a previously observed event is about to occur again Sign, in divination and religion an omen, an event or occurrence believed to foretell the future Sign, in ...
... A catcher is said to call the game by sending signs to the pitcher calling for a particular pitch ... After he moves into his crouch, the catcher gives the sign by placing his non-glove hand between his legs and using his fist, fingers, wags, or taps ... off (shake his head "no" to) the initial sign or nod in agreement when he receives the sign that he wants before going into his windup ...
... in the February 1890 edition of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine as The Sign of the Four (five-word title), appearing in both London and Philadelphia ... These re-serialisations gave the title as The Sign of Four ... Spencer Blackett, again using the title The Sign of Four ...
... Ellis Round 19 Matt Antonelli (did not sign) Round 21 Travis Denker Round 28 Adam Moore (did not sign) Round 30 Mark Melancon (did not sign) Round 39 Andy LaRoche ...
... The section sign (§, Unicode U+00A7, HTML entity sect) is a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code ... the paragraph symbol (or token, or sign) ... It is frequently used along with the pilcrow (¶), or paragraph sign (which is what § is called in Europe) ...
Famous quotes containing the word sign:
“He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.”
—Oscar Wilde (18541900)
“If we define a sign as an exact reference, it must include symbol because a symbol is an exact reference too. The difference seems to be that a sign is an exact reference to something definite and a symbol an exact reference to something indefinite.”
—William York Tindall (19031981)
“It is at the same time by poetry and through poetry, by and through music, that the soul glimpses the splendors found behind the tomb; and when an exquisite poem brings tears to ones eyes, these tears are not the sign of excessive pleasure, they are rather witness to an irritated melancholy, to a condition of nerves, to a nature exiled to imperfection and which would like to seize immediately, on this very earth, a revealed paradise.”
—Charles Baudelaire (18211867)