What is sign?

  • (verb): Communicate in sign language.
    Example: "I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
    See also — Additional definitions below


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).

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Some articles on sign:

The Sign Of The Four - Publishing History
... of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine as The Sign of the Four (five-word title), appearing in both London and Philadelphia ... re-serialisations gave the title as The Sign of Four ... was published in book form in October 1890 by Spencer Blackett, again using the title The Sign of Four ...
Section Sign
... 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 ... called 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) ...
Glossary Of Baseball - S - Sign
... 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 against ... A pitcher may shake 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 ...
2003 Los Angeles Dodgers Season - Regular Season - Notable Transactions
... 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 ...
Sign - Types
... 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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "sign":

  • (verb): Be engaged by a written agreement.
    Example: "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
  • (verb): Make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate.
    Synonyms: bless
  • (noun): A character indicating a relation between quantities.
    Example: "Don't forget the minus sign"
  • (noun): An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.
    Example: "It was a sign from God"
    Synonyms: augury, foretoken, preindication
  • (noun): A perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened).
    Synonyms: mark
  • (verb): Place signs, as along a road.
    Example: "Sign an intersection"; "This road has been signed"
  • (noun): Any communication that encodes a message.
    Synonyms: signal, signaling
  • (noun): A public display of a (usually written) message.
    Example: "He posted signs in all the shop windows"
  • (noun): A gesture that is part of a sign language.
  • (noun): (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease.
    Example: "There were no signs of asphixiation"
  • (noun): Structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted.
    Synonyms: signboard
  • (noun): A fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified.
    Example: "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
  • (verb): Mark with one's signature; write one's name (on).
    Example: "Please sign here"
    Synonyms: subscribe
  • (noun): Having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges).
    Example: "Charges of opposite sign"
    Synonyms: polarity
  • (verb): Approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation.
    Synonyms: ratify

Famous quotes containing the word sign:

    If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.
    Alice Meynell (1847–1922)

    The radio ... goes on early in the morning and is listened to at all hours of the day, until nine, ten and often eleven o’clock in the evening. This is certainly a sign that the grown-ups have infinite patience, but it also means that the power of absorption of their brains is pretty limited, with exceptions, of course—I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. One or two news bulletins would be ample per day! But the old geese, well—I’ve said my piece!
    Anne Frank (1929–1945)

    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 (1854–1900)