Sign

Definition of Sign

n.1.That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God.
- Rom. xv. 19.
It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
- Ex. iv. 8.
2.Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
What time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign.
- Num. xxvi. 10.
3.Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
The holy symbols, or signs, are not barely significative; but what they represent is as certainly delivered to us as the symbols themselves.
- Brerewood.
Saint George of Merry England, the sign of victory.
- Spenser.
4.A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.
They made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
- Luke i. 62.
5.Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language of a signs such as those used by the North American Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb.
6.A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
The shops were, therefore, distinguished by painted signs, which gave a gay and grotesque aspect to the streets.
- Macaulay.
7.(Astron.) The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
8.(Alg.) A character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them; as, the sign + (plus); the sign - (minus); the sign of division ÷, and the like.
9.(Mus.) Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
- Bk. of Common Prayer.
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a - (Eng. Law) The royal signature superscribed at the top of bills of grants and letter patent, which are then sealed with the privy signet or great seal, as the case may be, to complete their validity
b - The signature of one's name in one's own handwriting.
- Craig. Tomlins. Wharton.
v. t.1.To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.
[imp. & p. p. Signed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Signing.]
I signed to Browne to make his retreat.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign.
We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross.
- Bk. of Com Prayer.
3.To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.
Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed,
And let him sign it.
- Shak.
4.To assign or convey formally; - used with away.
5.To mark; to make distinguishable.
v. i.1.To be a sign or omen.
2.To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
3.To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.

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