- a person's name, or a mark representing it, as signed personally or by deputy, as in subscribing a letter or other document.
- the act of signing a document.
- Music. a sign or set of signs at the beginning of a staff to indicate the key or the time of a piece.
- Radio. a song, musical arrangement, sound effect, etc., used as a theme identifying a program.
- any unique, distinguishing aspect, feature, or mark.
- Medicine/Medical. that part of a written prescription that specifies directions for use.
- Biology, Medicine/Medical. a distinctive characteristic or set of characteristics by which a biological structure or medical condition is recognized.
- Also called section. Bookbinding. a printed sheet folded to page size for binding together, with other such sheets, to form a book, magazine, etc.
- a letter or other symbol generally placed by the printer at the foot of the first page of every sheet to guide the binder in folding the sheets and in gathering them in sequence.
- a sheet so marked.
- Chemistry, Physics. a characteristic trace or sign that indicates the presence of a substance or the occurrence of a physical process or event: The satellite recorded a spectrum that is the signature of a nuclear explosion.
- serving to identify or distinguish a person, group, etc.: a signature tune.
Origin of signature
Examples from the Web for signature
It is not a decisive war, with a single, signature victory, but a war of attrition.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
The pieces are near-identical, excepting the signature buttons on the Chanel suit and a few small tailoring details.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
December 24, 2014
Even his signature instrument, Auto-Tune, has become as accepted an ingredient in hip-hop as the drum machine.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Lacking any sense of irony, Eldridge made campaign-finance reform a signature plank.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
For obvious reasons, finalizing such an agreement would have required the presence and signature of both candidates.How to Fight Corruption With Game Theory
November 29, 2014
He cannot deny having had the book, for you have his own signature to prove it.In the Midst of Alarms
The nicest inspection could not discover any difference in the signature or seal.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The signature was extended in full, with the surname blackly underlined.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Suddenly he opened his eyes again, and stared hard at the signature.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
I went through it all, until I made 'em understand they must have my signature at my own price.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
- the name of a person or a mark or sign representing his name, marked by himself or by an authorized deputy
- the act of signing one's name
- a distinctive mark, characteristic, etc, that identifies a person or thing
- (as modifier)a signature fragrance
- music See key signature, time signature
- US the part of a medical prescription that instructs a patient how frequently and in what amounts he should take a drug or agentAbbreviation: Sig, S
- a sheet of paper printed with several pages that upon folding will become a section or sections of a book
- such a sheet so folded
- a mark, esp a letter, printed on the first page of a signature
Word Origin and History for signature
1530s, a kind of document in Scottish law, from Middle French signature (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin signatura "signature, a rescript," in classical Latin "the matrix of a seal," from signatus, past participle of signare "to mark with a stamp, sign" (see sign (v.)).
Meaning "one's own name written in one's own hand" is from 1570s, replacing sign-manual (early 15c.) in this sense. Musical sense of "signs placed it the beginning of a staff to indicate the key and rhythm" is from 1806. Meaning "a distinguishing mark of any kind" is from 1620s.
- The part of a physician's prescription containing directions to the patient.