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 signing

signing

noun

a specific set of manual signs used to communicate with deaf people

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 signing
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Medicine definitions for signing

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 signing

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 signing

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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