Nearby words

  1. sigmoidoscope,
  2. sigmoidoscopy,
  3. sigmoidostomy,
  4. sigmoidotomy,
  5. sigmund,
  6. sign away,
  7. sign in,
  8. sign language,
  9. sign manual,
  10. sign of aggregation

Origin of sign

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English signe < Old French < Latin signum mark, sign, ensign, signal, image; (v.) Middle English signen to mark with a sign, especially the sign of the cross < Old French signer < Latin signāre to mark with a sign, inscribe, affix a seal to, derivative of signum

SYNONYMS FOR sign
1. trace, hint, suggestion. 1, 4. signal. 10. indication, hint, augury. Sign, omen, portent name that which gives evidence of a future event. Sign is a general word for whatever gives evidence of an event—past, present, or future: Dark clouds are a sign of rain or snow. An omen is an augury or warning of things to come; it is used only of the future, in general, as good or bad: birds of evil omen. Portent, limited, like omen, to prophecy of the future, may be used of a specific event, usually a misfortune: portents of war.

Related formssign·less, adjectivesign·like, adjectivepost·sign, verb (used with object)un·signed, adjective

Can be confusedsign sing (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for sign

sign

/ (saɪn) /

noun

verb


Derived Formssignable, adjective

Word Origin for sign

C13: from Old French signe, from Latin signum a sign

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Word Origin and History for sign
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Medicine definitions for sign

sign

[ sīn ]

n.

An objective finding, usually detected on physical examination, from a laboratory test, or on an x-ray, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease.

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Science definitions for sign

sign

[ sīn ]

A body manifestation, usually detected on physical examination or through laboratory tests or xrays, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease. Compare symptom.
See symbol. See Table at symbol.
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Idioms and Phrases with sign

sign

In addition to the idioms beginning with sign

  • sign in
  • sign off
  • sign on
  • sign one's own death warrant
  • sign on the dotted line
  • sign out
  • sign over
  • sign up

, see

  • high sign
  • show signs of
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