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  • used of the language of the deaf
  • a character indicating a relation between quantities
    • don't forget the minus sign
  • a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
    • The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary--de Saussure
  • a gesture that is part of a sign language
  • an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
    • he hoped it was an augury
    • it was a sign from God
  • having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
    • he got the polarity of the battery reversed
    • charges of opposite sign
  • (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
    • there were no signs of asphyxiation
  • (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  • structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
    • the highway was lined with signboards
  • any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
    • signals from the boat suddenly stopped
  • a public display of a message
    • he posted signs in all the shop windows
  • a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    • he showed signs of strain
    • they welcomed the signs of spring
  • make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  • communicate in sign language
    • I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin
  • place signs, as along a road
    • sign an intersection
    • This road has been signed
  • communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
    • He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture
    • The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu
  • engage by written agreement
    • They signed two new pitchers for the next season
  • be engaged by a written agreement
    • He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18
    • The soprano signed to sing the new opera
  • approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    • All parties ratified the peace treaty
    • Have you signed your contract yet?
  • mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
    • She signed the letter and sent it off
    • Please sign here
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