HyperDic: sign

English > 20 senses of the word sign:
NOUNcommunicationsign, marka perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened / happened)
communicationsigna public display of a message
communicationsign, signal, signalingany nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
artifactsign, signboardstructure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
locationsign, sign of the zodiac, star sign, mansion, house, planetary house(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
statesign(medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
relationsign, polarityhaving an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
eventsign, augury, foretoken, preindicationan event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
communicationsigna gesture that is part of a sign language
communicationsigna fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
communicationsigna character indicating a relation between quantities
VERBcommunicationsign, subscribemark with one's signature
socialsign, ratifyapprove and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
communicationsignbe engaged by a written agreement
socialsign, contract, sign on, sign upengage by written agreement
communicationsign, signal, signalize, signalisecommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
contactsignplace signs, as along a road
communicationsigncommunicate in sign language
communicationsign, blessmake the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection
ADJECTIVEallsign, gestural, signed, sign-languageused of the language of the deaf
sign > pronunciation
Soundssay'n
Rhymesaffine ... wine: 145 rhymes with ayn...
English > sign: 20 senses > adjective 1
MeaningUsed of the language of the deaf.
Synonymsgestural, signed, sign-language
Broadercommunicative, communicatoryable or tending to communicate
Spanishgestual
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningA perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened / happened).
Examples
  • "he showed signs of strain"
  • "they welcomed the signs of spring"
Synonymmark
NarrowertokenSomething serving as a sign of something else
Broaderclue, clew, cueevidence that helps to solve a problem
Spanishmarca, muestra, signo
Catalanmarca, signe
Verbssignifyconvey or express a meaning / meaning
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 2, communication
MeaningA public display of a message.
Example"he posted signs in all the shop windows"
Narrowerposter, posting, placard, notice, bill, cardA sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
signpost, guidepostA post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way / way
street signA sign visible from the street
BroadercommunicationSomething that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
Spanishanuncio
Catalananunci
Verbssignplace signs, as along a road
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 3, communication
MeaningAny nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message.
Example"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
Synonymssignal, signaling
Narroweralarm, alert, warning signal, alarumAn automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
all clearA signal (usually a siren) that danger is over
animal communicationcommunication between animals (of the same species)
bugle callA signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
curfewA signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions
distress signal, distress callAn internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed
dog-earA corner of a page turned down to mark your place
drumbeat(military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown
electronic signalA signal generated by electronic means
high signA silent signal of warning or recognition
indicatorA signal for attracting attention
input signal, inputSignal going into an electronic system
output signal, outputSignal that comes out of an electronic system
phone number, telephone number, numberThe number is used in calling a particular telephone
radio beaconA characteristic signal emitted by a transmitter used for navigation
radio beam, beamA signal transmitted along a narrow path
recordingA signal that encodes something (e.g., picture / picture or sound) that has been recorded
retreat(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
starting signal, startA signal to begin (as in a race)
storm signalA signal announcing the approach of a storm (particularly a storm of marked violence)
symbolAn arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
telegraphic signal, radiotelegraphic signalA signal transmitted by telegraphy
ticktackSystem of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks
time signalA signal (especially electronic or by radio) indicating the precisely correct time
visual signalA signal that involves visual communication
whistle, whistlingThe act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing / blowing a whistle
BroadercommunicationSomething that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
Spanishseñalización, señal, signo
Catalansenyalització, senyal, signe
Verbssigncommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
signmake the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection
signifyconvey or express a meaning / meaning
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 4, artifact
Meaningstructure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted.
Example"the highway was lined with signboards"
Synonymsignboard
Narrowerbillboard, hoardinglarge outdoor signboard
sandwich boardsignboard consisting of two hinged boards that hang front / front and back from the shoulders of a walker and are used to display advertisements
scoreboardA large board / board for displaying the score of a contest (and some other information)
shingleA small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.
Broaderstructure, constructionA thing constructed
Spanishletrero
Verbssignplace signs, as along a road
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 5, location
Meaning(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided.
Synonymssign of the zodiac, star sign, mansion, house, planetary house
Categoryastrology, star divinationA pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon
InstancesAquarius, Aquarius the Water Bearer, Water BearerThe eleventh sign of the zodiac
Aries, Aries the Ram, RamThe first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox
Cancer, Cancer the Crab, CrabThe fourth sign of the zodiac
Capricorn, Capricorn the Goat, GoatThe tenth sign of the zodiac
Gemini, Gemini the Twins, TwinsThe third sign of the zodiac
Leo, Leo the Lion, LionThe fifth sign of the zodiac
Libra, Libra the Balance, Balance, Libra the ScalesThe seventh sign of the zodiac
Pisces, Pisces the Fishes, FishThe twelfth sign of the zodiac
Sagittarius, Sagittarius the Archer, ArcherThe ninth sign of the zodiac
Scorpio, Scorpio the Scorpion, ScorpionThe eighth sign of the zodiac
Taurus, Taurus the Bull, BullThe second sign of the zodiac
Virgo, Virgo the Virgin, VirginThe sixth sign of the zodiac
Part ofzodiacA belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic
Broaderregion, partThe extended spatial location of something
Spanishcasa planetaria, signo del zodiaco, signo del zodíaco, signo
Catalancasa planetària, signe del zodíac
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 6, state
Meaning(medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease.
Example"there were no signs of asphyxiation"
Categorymedicine, medical specialtyThe branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
Part ofdiseaseAn impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
Narrowervital signSign of life
Broaderevidence, groundsYour basis for belief or disbelief
Spanishseñal, signo, síntoma
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 7, relation
MeaningHaving an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges).
Example "charges of opposite sign"
Synonympolarity
Narrowernegativity, negativenessThe character of the negative electric pole
positivity, positivenessThe character of the positive electric pole
Broaderopposition, oppositenessThe relation between opposed entities
Spanishpolaridad
Catalanpolaritat
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 8, event
MeaningAn event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.
Example "it was a sign from God"
Synonymsaugury, foretoken, preindication
Narroweromen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigyA sign of something about to happen
war cloudAn ominous sign that war threatens
BroaderexperienceAn event as apprehended
Spanishauguración, augurio, presagio
Catalanauguri, auspici
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 9, communication
MeaningA gesture that is part of a sign language.
Part ofsign language, signinglanguage expressed by visible hand gestures
Broadergesture, motionThe use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
Spanishgesto, señal, seña
Catalangest, senyal
Verbssigncommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
signcommunicate in sign language
signifyconvey or express a meaning / meaning
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 10, communication
MeaningA fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified.
Example"The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
Broaderlanguage unit, linguistic unitOne of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
English > sign: 20 senses > noun 11, communication
MeaningA character indicating a relation between quantities.
Example"don't forget the minus sign"
Narrowerequal signA sign indicating that the quantities on either side are equal
minus signA sign indicating the operation of subtraction
plus signA sign indicating the operation of addition
radical signA sign indicating the extraction of a root
Broadermathematical notationA notation used by mathematicians
Spanishsigno
Catalansigne
Verbssignifyconvey or express a meaning / meaning
signifydenote or connote
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmark with one's signature; write one's name (on).
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s PP
Examples
  • "She signed the letter and sent it off"
  • "Please sign here"
Synonymsubscribe
NarrowerrubricateSign with a mark instead of a name
BroaderwriteCommunicate by letter
See alsosign away, sign overformally assign ownership of
sign inannounce one's arrival, e.g. at hotels or airports
Spanishfirmar, subscribir
Catalanfirmar, signar, subscriure
Nounssignatureyour name written in your own handwriting
signersomeone who signs and is bound by a document
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 2, social
Meaningapprove and express assent, responsibility, or obligation.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example "Have you signed your contract yet?"
Synonymratify
Entailsendorse, indorseSign as evidence of legal transfer
Broadervalidate, formalize, formalisedeclare or make legally valid
Spanishfirmar, ratificar
Catalanfirmar, ratificar, signar
Nounssignersomeone who signs and is bound by a document
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 3, communication
MeaningBe engaged by a written agreement.
PatternSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Examples
  • "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"
  • "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
Narrowerautograph, inscribemark with one's signature
countersignadd one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity
endorse, indorseSign as evidence of legal transfer
executeSign in the presence of witnesses
initialmark with one's initials
inkappend one's signature to
undersignSign at the bottom of (a document)
Broadercontract, undertakeEnter into a contractual arrangement
Spanishfirmar
Catalanfirmar
Nounssignersomeone who signs and is bound by a document
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 4, social
MeaningEngage by written agreement.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
Synonymscontract, sign on, sign up
Narrowercontract outAssign a job to someone outside one's own business
Broaderhire, engage, employEngage or hire for work
Spanishcontratar
Nounssignersomeone who signs and is bound by a document
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 5, communication
MeaningCommunicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s somebody
ModelThey sign the information to them; They sign them the information
Examples
  • "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"
  • "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
Synonymssignal, signalize, signalise
NarrowerflagCommunicate or signal with a flag
heliographSignal by means of a mirror and the using the sun's rays
semaphoreSend signals by or as if by semaphore
whistleGive a signal by whistling
wigwagSignal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code
Broadercommunicate, intercommunicatetransmit thoughts or feelings
Spanishfirmar, indicar, señalar
Catalanassenyalar, firmar, indicar
Nounssigna gesture that is part of a sign language
signany nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
signersomeone who can use sign language to communicate
signinglanguage expressed by visible hand gestures
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 6, contact
Meaningplace signs, as along a road.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "sign an intersection"
  • "This road has been signed"
Broaderput, set, place, pose, position, layPut into a certain place or abstract location
Spanishseñalizar
Nounssignstructure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
signa public display of a message
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 7, communication
Meaningcommunicate in sign language.
PatternSomebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
Broadercommunicate, intercommunicatetransmit thoughts or feelings
Nounssigna gesture that is part of a sign language
signersomeone who can use sign language to communicate
English > sign: 20 senses > verb 8, communication
Meaningmake the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Synonymbless
Broadergesticulate, gesture, motionshow, express or direct through movement
Spanishbendecir, persignarse
Nounssignany nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

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