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sign
  • 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
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signal
  • n  any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
    signals from the boat suddenly stopped
  • n  any incitement to action
    he awaited the signal to start
    the victory was a signal for wild celebration
  • n  an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
  • v  communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
    The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu
  • v  be a signal for or a symptom of
    The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued
  • s  notably out of the ordinary
    the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party
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signed
  • v  mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
    She signed the letter and sent it off
  • 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
  • v  place signs, as along a road
    This road has been signed
  • v  communicate in sign language
  • v  make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  • a  having a handwritten signature
    a signed letter
  • s  used of the language of the deaf
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significant
  • a  important in effect or meaning
    a significant change in tax laws
    a significant change in the Constitution
    a significant contribution
    significant details
    statistically significant
  • s  fairly large
  • a  too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and therefore indicating a systematic relation
    the interaction effect is significant at the .01 level
    no significant difference was found
  • s  rich in significance or implication
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significative
  • s  (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
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sikh
  • n  an adherent of Sikhism
  • a  of or relating to the Sikhs or their religious beliefs and customs
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silenced
  • v  cause to be quiet or not talk
  • v  keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power
  • a  reduced to silence
    the silenced crowd waited expectantly
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silent
  • s  marked by absence of sound
    a silent house
  • s  failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to
    the witness remained silent
  • s  implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    gave silent consent
  • s  not made to sound
    the silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'
  • s  having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility
    a silent dog whistle
  • s  unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
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siliceous
  • a  relating to or containing or resembling silica
    gritrock is siliceous sandstone
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silken
  • s  having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    silken eyelashes
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silklike
  • s  having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    a silklike fabric
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silky
  • s  having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    silky skin
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silly
  • n  a word used for misbehaving children
    don't be a silly
  • s  ludicrous, foolish
    a silly idea
  • s  lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
    silly giggles
  • s  inspiring scornful pity
    how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
  • s  dazed from or as if from repeated blows
    knocked silly by the impact
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