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
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)

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.
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Related Words for signed

written, witnessed, registered, sealed, undersigned

Examples from the Web for signed

Contemporary Examples of signed

Historical Examples of signed

  • Why, this here despatch is signed by young Toler—that's his confidential man.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And before you got off the beams, Andrew, the governor of this State will have signed a pardon for you.

  • She signed to the Seven, and they came huddling to her like quail; she put them behind her.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • He signed to me to take a broom—to march into the garden—to set to work.

  • "My letter to you was not signed, I believe," said Vivian, in an altered voice.


British Dictionary definitions for signed

sign

noun

something that indicates or acts as a token of a fact, condition, etc, that is not immediately or outwardly observable
an action or gesture intended to convey information, a command, etc
  1. a board, placard, etc, displayed in public and inscribed with words or designs intended to inform, warn, etc
  2. (as modifier)a sign painter
an arbitrary or conventional mark or device that stands for a word, phrase, etc
maths logic
  1. any symbol indicating an operationa plus sign; an implication sign
  2. the positivity or negativity of a number, quantity, or expressionsubtraction from zero changes the sign of an expression
an indication or vestigethe house showed no signs of being occupied
a portentous or significant event
an indication, such as a scent or spoor, of the presence of an animal
med any objective evidence of the presence of a disease or disorderCompare symptom (def. 1)
astrology Compare sign of the zodiac

verb

to write (one's name) as a signature to (a document, etc) in attestation, confirmation, ratification, etc
(intr often foll by to) to make a sign; signal
to engage or be engaged by written agreement, as a player for a team, etc
(tr) to outline in gestures a sign over, esp the sign of the cross
(tr) to indicate by or as if by a sign; betoken
(intr) to use sign language
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 signed

sign

n.

early 13c., "gesture or motion of the hand," especially one meant to communicate something, from Old French signe "sign, mark," from Latin signum "identifying mark, token, indication, symbol; proof; military standard, ensign; a signal, an omen; sign in the heavens, constellation," according to Watkins, literally "standard that one follows," from PIE *sekw-no-, from root *sekw- (1) "to follow" (see sequel).

Ousted native token. Meaning "a mark or device having some special importance" is recorded from late 13c.; that of "a miracle" is from c.1300. Zodiacal sense in English is from mid-14c. Sense of "characteristic device attached to the front of an inn, shop, etc., to distinguish it from others" is first recorded mid-15c. Meaning "token or signal of some condition" (late 13c.) is behind sign of the times (1520s). In some uses, the word probably is a shortening of ensign. Sign language is recorded from 1847; earlier hand-language (1670s).

sign

v.

c.1300, "to make the sign of the cross," from Old French signier "to make a sign (to someone); to mark," from Latin signare "to set a mark upon, mark out, designate; mark with a stamp; distinguish, adorn;" figuratively "to point out, signify, indicate," from signum (see sign (n.)). Sense of "to mark, stamp" is attested from mid-14c.; that of "to affix one's name" is from late 15c. Meaning "to communicate by hand signs" is recorded from 1700. Related: Signed; signing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

signed in Medicine

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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signed in Science

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 signed

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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