sign sign  /ˈsaɪn/


  1. (n) a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
  2. (n) a public display of a message
  3. (n) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
  4. (n) structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
  5. (n) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  6. (n) (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
  7. (n) having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
  8. (n) an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
  9. (n) a gesture that is part of a sign language
  10. (n) a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
  11. (n) a character indicating a relation between quantities
  12. (v) mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
  13. (v) approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
  14. (v) be engaged by a written agreement
  15. (v) engage by written agreement
  16. (v) communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
  17. (v) place signs, as along a road
  18. (v) communicate in sign language
  19. (v) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  20. (adj) used of the language of the deaf


  1. My last entry on efforts to standardize translation of signage in Beijing drew a lot of commentary.
  2. The hope is that autism can be nipped in the bud, as researchers learn to intervene at the earliest signs of trouble.


  1. Sign-up for the conservation stewardship program

    NRCS has continuous sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the next cutoff date for ranking purposes scheduled for this coming Friday, June 14.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Star Beacon

  2. Sign of the times Derry to review sign regulations

    After some discussion on the size of commercial real estate signs the town should allow and the definition of temporary signs, the Planning Board is ready to hold another public hearing on the town?s sign regulations.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

  3. Street sign for major Treasure Coast roadway misspelled

    Posted by Miranda Grossman / CBS12 News STUART, Fla.  -- CBS 12 News crews discover an embarrassing road sign spelling mistake. Monterey Road in Martin County connects Stuart and Palm City. It's not some little dead-end side street. ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach

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  1. "Violence is a dead end," Obama said. "It is a sign of neither courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered."
    on Jun 4, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Boston Globe

  2. "When you get this far away from a recession invariably forces build up for the next recession, and indeed we are beginning to see that sign," Greenspan said via satellite link to a business conference in Hong Kong. "For example in the US,...
    on Feb 26, 2007 By: Alan Greenspan Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday: "In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity.......... The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience,...
    on Jun 23, 2009 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: FOXNews

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