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Definition of Sign

Sign

  1. That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.
  2. A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen.
  3. An event considered by the Jews as indicating the divine will, or as manifesting an interposition of the divine power for some special end; a miracle; a wonder.
  4. Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
  5. Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
  6. A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.
  7. A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known.
  8. 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.
  9. A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
  10. A lettered board, or other conspicuous notice, placed upon or before a building, room, shop, or office to advertise the business there transacted, or the name of the person or firm carrying it on; a publicly displayed token or notice.
  11. The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
  12. 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.
  13. An objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient.
  14. Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
  15. That which, being external, stands for, or signifies, something internal or spiritual; -- a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents.
  16. To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.
  17. To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign.
  18. To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.
  19. To assign or convey formally; -- used with away.
  20. To mark; to make distinguishable.
  21. To be a sign or omen.
  22. To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
  23. To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.

Sign Quotations

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. - Aesop
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Aesop

The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'
Maria Montessori

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
Aristotle

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.
Billy Graham
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Sign Translations

sign in Afrikaans is teken, bewys
sign in Danish is underskrive, bevis, tegn
sign in Dutch is voorbode, voorteken, teken
sign in Finnish is merkki
sign in German is Vorzeichen, Wert, unterschreiben, Symbol, Zeichen
sign in Italian is affisso, scudo, firmare, simbolo
sign in Latin is nota, signum
sign in Norwegian is skilt, signere
sign in Portuguese is sinal, prova, aceno, subscrever
sign in Swedish is teckna, skylt, underteckna, vink, signera
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