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  • n  a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    he showed signs of strain
    they welcomed the signs of spring
  • n  a public display of a message
    he posted signs in all the shop windows
  • n  any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
    signals from the boat suddenly stopped
  • n  structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
    the highway was lined with signboards
  • n  (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  • n  (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
    there were no signs of asphyxiation
  • n  having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
    charges of opposite sign
  • n  an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
    it was a sign from God
  • n  a gesture that is part of a sign language
  • n  a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
    The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
  • n  a character indicating a relation between quantities
    don't forget the minus sign
  • v  mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
    She signed the letter and sent it off
    Please sign here
  • v  approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    Have you signed your contract yet?
  • v  be engaged by a written agreement
    He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18
    The soprano signed to sing the new opera
  • v  engage by written agreement
    They signed two new pitchers for the next season
  • v  communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
    He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture
    The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu
  • v  place signs, as along a road
    sign an intersection
    This road has been signed
  • v  communicate in sign language
    I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin
  • v  make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  • s  used of the language of the deaf

  • My last entry on efforts to standardize translation of signage in Beijing drew a lot of commentary.
  • Teaching your baby sign language may be a neat parlor trick, but is there any point?.
  • The hope is that autism can be nipped in the bud, as researchers learn to intervene at the earliest signs of trouble.
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - Star Beacon
  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - New Hampshire Union Leader
  • 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. ...
    June 12, 2013 - WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach

  • Barack Obama in Boston Globe
    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."
  • Alan Greenspan in International Herald Tribune
    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,...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy in FOXNews
    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,...

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