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Origin of sign-off
Words nearby sign-off
Definition for sign off (2 of 2)
- a plus sign or minus sign used as a symbol for indicating addition or subtraction.
- a plus sign or minus sign used as a symbol for indicating the positive or negative value of a quantity, as an integer.
- multiplication sign.
- division sign.
- a symbol, as or !, used to indicate a radical or factorial operation.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to withdraw, as from some responsibility or connection.
- to cease radio or television broadcasting, especially at the end of the day.
- Informal. to become silent: He had exhausted conversation topics and signed off.
- to indicate one's approval explicitly if not formally: The president is expected to sign off on the new agreement.
- to employ; hire.
- to bind oneself to work, as by signing a contract: He signed on as a pitcher with a major-league team.
- to start radio or television broadcasting, especially at the beginning of the day.
- Computers. log1(def 17a).
Origin of sign
SYNONYMS FOR sign
OTHER WORDS FROM signsign·less, adjectivesign·like, adjectivepost·sign, verb (used with object)un·signed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH signsign sing (see synonym study at the current entry)
British Dictionary definitions for sign off (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sign off (2 of 2)
- a board, placard, etc, displayed in public and inscribed with words or designs intended to inform, warn, etc
- (as modifier)a sign painter
- any symbol indicating an operationa plus sign; an implication sign
- the positivity or negativity of a number, quantity, or expressionsubtraction from zero changes the sign of an expression
Derived forms of signsignable, adjective
Word Origin for sign
Medical definitions for sign off
Scientific definitions for sign off
Idioms and Phrases with sign off (1 of 2)
Announce the end of a communication, especially a broadcast. For example, There's no one there now; the station has signed off for the night. [c. 1920]
Stop talking, become silent, as in Every time the subject of marriage came up, Harold signed off. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Express approval formally or conclusively, as in The President got the majority leader to sign off on the tax proposal. This usage is colloquial.
Idioms and Phrases with sign off (2 of 2)
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
- high sign
- show signs of