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Definition 1: structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the highway was lined with signboards

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of sign ) large outdoor signboard

(... is a kind of sign ) signboard consisting of two hinged boards that hang front and back from the shoulders of a walker and are used to display advertisements

(... is a kind of sign ) a large board for displaying the score of a contest (and some other information)

(... is a kind of sign ) a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.

Definition 2: a public display of a message - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he posted signs in all the shop windows

(sign is a kind of ...) something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement

"a poster advertised the coming attractions"

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign visible from the street

(... is a kind of sign ) a post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way

Definition 3: a gesture that is part of a sign language - [noun denoting communication]

(sign is a kind of ...) the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

(... is part of sign) language expressed by visible hand gestures

Definition 4: any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • signals from the boat suddenly stopped

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

(... is a kind of sign ) (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position

(... is a kind of sign ) (military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal transmitted by telegraphy

(... is a kind of sign ) the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle

"the whistle signalled the end of the game"

(... is a kind of sign ) a silent signal of warning or recognition

"she started to speak but he gave her the high sign"

(... is a kind of sign ) an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal that involves visual communication

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal for attracting attention

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal generated by electronic means

(... is a kind of sign ) a characteristic signal emitted by a transmitter used for navigation

(... is a kind of sign ) signal going into an electronic system

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal (usually a bell) announcing the start of curfew restrictions

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal (usually a siren) that danger is over

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal that encodes something (e.g., picture or sound) that has been recorded

(... is a kind of sign ) the number is used in calling a particular telephone

"he has an unlisted number"

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal to begin (as in a race)

"the starting signal was a green light" "the runners awaited the start"

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal announcing the approach of a storm (particularly a storm of marked violence)

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides airplane pilots in darkness or bad weather

(... is a kind of sign ) system of signalling by hand signs used by bookmakers at racetracks

(... is a kind of sign ) a signal (especially electronic or by radio) indicating the precisely correct time

(... is a kind of sign ) a corner of a page turned down to mark your place

(... is a kind of sign ) communication between animals (of the same species)

(... is a kind of sign ) an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

(... is a kind of sign ) an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed

(... is a kind of sign ) signal that comes out of an electronic system

Definition 5: a character indicating a relation between quantities - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • don't forget the minus sign

(sign is a kind of ...) a notation used by mathematicians

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign indicating that the quantities on either side are equal

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign indicating the operation of addition

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign indicating the operation of subtraction

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign indicating the extraction of a root

Definition 6: a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he showed signs of strain
  • they welcomed the signs of spring

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) evidence that helps to solve a problem

(... is a kind of sign ) something serving as a sign of something else

Definition 7: a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary

(sign is a kind of ...) one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

(sign belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 8: an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come - [noun denoting event]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hoped it was an augury
  • it was a sign from God

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) an event as apprehended

"a surprising experience" "that painful experience certainly got our attention"

(... is a kind of sign ) an ominous sign that war threatens

(... is a kind of sign ) a sign of something about to happen

"he looked for an omen before going into battle"

Definition 9: (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) the extended spatial location of something

"the farming regions of France" "religions in all parts of the world" "regions of outer space"

(... is an instance of sign) the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20

(... is an instance of sign) the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about January 20 to February 18

(... is an instance of sign) the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19

(... is an instance of sign) the ninth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about November 22 to December 21

(... is an instance of sign) the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21

(... is an instance of sign) the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22

(... is an instance of sign) the sixth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about August 23 to September 22

(... is an instance of sign) the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22

(... is an instance of sign) the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22

(... is an instance of sign) the third sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about May 21 to June 20

(... is an instance of sign) the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20

(... is an instance of sign) the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19

(... is part of sign) a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes

(sign belongs to category ...) a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon

Definition 10: having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges) - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got the polarity of the battery reversed
  • charges of opposite sign

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

(... is a kind of sign ) the character of the positive electric pole

(... is a kind of sign ) the character of the negative electric pole

Definition 11: (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease - [noun denoting state]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there were no signs of asphyxiation

(sign is a kind of ...) your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief

"the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"

(... is a kind of sign ) sign of life; usually an indicator of a person's general physical condition

"he was still alive but his vital signs were weak"

(... is part of sign) an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning

(sign belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

Definition 12: be engaged by a written agreement - [verb of communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18
  • The soprano signed to sing the new opera

(sign is a kind of ...) enter into a contractual arrangement

(... is a kind of sign ) sign at the bottom of (a document)

(... is a kind of sign ) append one's signature to

"They inked the contract"

(... is a kind of sign ) mark with one's signature

"The author autographed his book"

(... is a kind of sign ) mark with one's initials

(... is a kind of sign ) add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity

"You must countersign on this line of the contract"

(... is a kind of sign ) sign in the presence of witnesses

"The President executed the treaty"

(... is a kind of sign ) sign as evidence of legal transfer

"endorse cheques"

Definition 13: communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs - [verb of communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture
  • The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of sign ) signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code

(... is a kind of sign ) send signals by or as if by semaphore

(... is a kind of sign ) signal by means of a mirror and the using the sun's rays

(... is a kind of sign ) communicate or signal with a flag

(... is a kind of sign ) give a signal by whistling

"She whistled for her maid"

Definition 14: mark with one's signature; write one's name (on) - [verb of communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She signed the letter and sent it off
  • Please sign here

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) communicate or express by writing

"He wrote about his great love for his wife"

(... is a kind of sign ) sign with a mark instead of a name

Definition 15: make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) show, express or direct through movement

"He gestured his desire to leave"

Definition 16: communicate in sign language - [verb of communication]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin

(sign is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

Definition 17: place signs, as along a road - [verb of contact]

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sign an intersection
  • This road has been signed

(sign is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • All parties ratified the peace treaty
  • Have you signed your contract yet?

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) declare or make legally valid

(sign implies ...) sign as evidence of legal transfer

"endorse cheques"

Samples where sign or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They signed two new pitchers for the next season

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is a kind of ...) engage or hire for work

"They hired two new secretaries in the department" "How many people has she employed?"

(... is a kind of sign ) assign a job to someone outside one's own business

Definition 20: used of the language of the deaf - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for sign in the sense of this definition

(sign is similar to ...) able or tending to communicate

"was a communicative person and quickly told all she knew"

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