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sig·na·ture

 (sĭg′nə-chər)
n.
1.
a. One's name as written by oneself.
b. The act of signing one's name.
2. A distinctive mark, characteristic, or sound indicating identity: A surprise ending is the signature of an O. Henry short story.
3. Medicine The part of a physician's prescription containing directions to the patient.
4. Music
a. A sign used to indicate key.
b. A sign used to indicate tempo.
5. Printing
a. A letter, number, or symbol placed at the bottom of the first page on each sheet of printed pages of a book as a guide to the proper sequence of the sheets in binding.
b. A large sheet printed with four or a multiple of four pages that when folded becomes a section of the book.

[French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin signātūra, from Latin signātus, past participle of signāre, to mark, from signum, sign; see sign.]

signature

(ˈsɪɡnɪtʃə)
n
1. the name of a person or a mark or sign representing his name, marked by himself or by an authorized deputy
2. the act of signing one's name
3.
a. a distinctive mark, characteristic, etc, that identifies a person or thing
b. (as modifier): a signature fragrance.
4. (Classical Music) music See key signature, time signature
5. (Pharmacology) US the part of a medical prescription that instructs a patient how frequently and in what amounts he should take a drug or agent. Abbreviation: Sig or S
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing
a. a sheet of paper printed with several pages that upon folding will become a section or sections of a book
b. such a sheet so folded
c. a mark, esp a letter, printed on the first page of a signature
[C16: from Old French, from Medieval Latin signātura, from Latin signāre to sign]

sig•na•ture

(ˈsɪg nə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

n.
1. a person's name, or a mark representing it, as signed personally or by deputy, as in subscribing a letter or other document.
2. the act of signing a document.
3. Music. a sign or set of signs at the beginning of a staff to indicate the key or the time of a piece.
4. a song, musical arrangement, sound effect, etc., used as a theme identifying a radio or television program.
5. any unique, distinguishing aspect, feature, or mark.
6. that part of a physician's prescription that specifies directions for use.
7. a distinctive characteristic or set of characteristics by which a biological structure or medical condition is recognized.
8.
a. a printed sheet folded to page size for binding together, with other such sheets, to form a book, magazine, etc.
b. a mark placed on the first page of every sheet to guide the binder in folding and gathering them.
adj.
9. serving to identify or distinguish a person, group, etc.: a signature tune.
[1525–35; < Medieval Latin signātūra a signing, derivative of signā(re) to mark, seal]

signature

  • allograph - A signature or writing done for another person.
  • moniker - Originally meant a mark left by a tramp on a building or fence to indicate he/she had been there; therefore, a tramp's moniker identified him/her like a signature.
  • signature block - The typed or printed name and title of a person appearing below a signature at the bottom of a letter, e-mail, etc.
  • paraph - As a verb, to divide into paragraphs; the noun can mean a flourish made after a signature, especially to make it unique.

sign

signature
1. 'sign'

When you sign a document, you write your name on it. You do this to show, for example, that you have written the document or that you agree with what it says.

I was in the act of signing a traveller's cheque.
...an order signed by the Home Secretary.

You can also say that someone signs their name.

Sign your name in the book each time you use the photocopier.
2. 'signature'

However, when you write your name, you do not refer to what you write as your 'sign'. You call it your signature.

Nino scrawled his signature on the bottom of the slip.
... petitions bearing thousands of signatures.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signature - your name written in your own handwritingsignature - your name written in your own handwriting
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
allograph - a signature written by one person for another
autograph, John Hancock - a person's own signature
countersignature, countersign - a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed
endorsement, indorsement - a signature that validates something; "the cashier would not cash the check without an endorsement"
sign manual - the signature of a sovereign on an official document
paraph - a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery)
2.signature - a distinguishing stylesignature - a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch"
fashion, manner, mode, style, way - how something is done or how it happens; "her dignified manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"
common touch - the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
3.signature - a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
4.signature - the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
5.signature - a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book
piece of paper, sheet of paper, sheet - paper used for writing or printing
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
Translations
تَوْقيعتَوْقِيع
quadern
podpispodepsání
underskriftunderskrivning
allekirjoitus
potpis
aláírás
undirskrift
署名
서명
parašaspasirašymas
parakstīšanaparaksts
podpispodpísanie
podpis
underskrift
ลายเซ็น
imzaimzalama
chữ ký

signature

[ˈsɪgnətʃəʳ]
A. N
1. [of person] → firma f
to put one's signature to sthfirmar algo
2. (Mus) → armadura f
B. CPD signature tune N (Brit) → sintonía f de apertura (de un programa)

signature

[ˈsɪgnətʃər] nsignature f
to put one's signature to sth (= sign) → apposer sa signature sur qchsignature tune n (British)indicatif m (musical)

signature

n
Unterschrift f; (of artist)Signatur f
(Mus) → Vorzeichnung f
(Typ) → Signatur f

signature

[ˈsɪgnətʃəʳ] n
a. (of person) → firma
to put one's signature to sth → firmare qc, apporre la propria firma a qc
b. (Mus) key signaturesegnatura in chiave
time signature → indicazione f del tempo

signature

(ˈsignətʃə) noun
1. a signed name. That is his signature on the cheque.
2. an act of signing one's name. Signature of this document means that you agree with us.

signature

تَوْقِيع podpis underskrift Unterschrift υπογραφή firma allekirjoitus signature potpis firma 署名 서명 handtekening signatur podpis assinatura подпись underskrift ลายเซ็น imza chữ ký 签名

sig·na·ture

1. n. firma;
2. parte de una receta médica que contiene las instrucciones.

signature

n firma
References in classic literature ?
asked Ned, two days later, as he came to the Swift home with some papers needing the signature of the young inventor and his father.
exclaimed Duncan, examining the billet both inside and out; "this is the signature of Webb, and must be the captured letter.
His hair was short and parted accurately in the middle, and he had all the look of an American person who would be likely to begin his signature with an initial, and spell his middle name out.
This signature is not his face--age can change that beyond recognition; it is not his hair, for that can fall out; it is not his height, for duplicates of that exist; it is not his form, for duplicates of that exist also, whereas this signature is each man's very own--there is no duplicate of it among the swarming populations of the globe
She lifted the letter, and seemed to peruse it; and when she came to the signature she sighed: yet still I found she had not gathered its import, for, upon my desiring to hear her reply, she merely pointed to the name, and gazed at me with mournful and questioning eagerness.
Were they threatened by some new calamity which their mother's signature might avert?
After bursting open a door of idiotic obstinacy with a weak rattle in its throat, you fell into Tellson's down two steps, and came to your senses in a miserable little shop, with two little counters, where the oldest of men made your cheque shake as if the wind rustled it, while they examined the signature by the dingiest of windows, which were always under a shower-bath of mud from Fleet-street, and which were made the dingier by their own iron bars proper, and the heavy shadow of Temple Bar.
The door was then thrown open, and the general population began to come in, in a long file: several waiting outside, while one entered, affixed his signature, and went out.
Jaggers's eyes retired a little deeper into his head when I handed him the tablets, but he presently handed them over to Wemmick, with instructions to draw the cheque for his signature.
He took it curiously, and turned it to look at the signature.
When the police interfered, he showed them Colonel Scott's signature and was let alone.
That is all very well," said Sancho, "but the order must needs be signed, and if it is copied they will say the signature is false, and I shall be left without ass-colts.