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For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Francis Bacon
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Etymology 1

From Old French signe, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] signum, sign.

Noun

Singular
sign

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  1. (sometimes Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A visible indication.
    Their angry expressions were a clear sign they didn't want to talk.
    Those clouds show signs of raining soon.
    Those clouds show little sign of raining soon.
  2. A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures.
    The sign in the window said "for rent".
  3. A traffic sign.
    I missed the sign at the corner so I took the wrong turn.
  4. A meaningful gesture.
    I gave them a thumbs-up sign.
  5. Any of several specialized non-alphabetic symbols.
    The sharp sign indicates that the pitch of the note is raised a half step.
  6. An astrological sign.
    Your sign is Taurus? That's no surprise.
  7. (mathematics) Positive or negative polarity.
    I got the magnitude right, but the sign was wrong.
  8. A linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages.
    What's the sign for "computer"?
  9. (uncountable) sign language in general
    Sorry, I don't know sign very well.
  10. An omen.
    "It's a sign of the end of the world," the doom prophet said.
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Etymology 2

From Old French signer, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] signare.

Verb

Infinitive
to sign

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to sign (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To write one's signature on (a document), thus showing authorship.
    I forgot to sign that letter to my aunt.
  2. (transitive) To give legal consent by writing one's signature.
    I'm not signing anything without my lawyer present.
  3. (transitive) To persuade to sign a contract.
    It was a great month. I managed to sign three major players.
  4. (intransitive) To write one's signature somewhere.
    Please sign on the dotted line.
  5. (intransitive) (colloquial) To give autographs.
    I'm sorry, I don't sign.
  6. (intransitive) To communicate using sign language.
    I'm learning to sign so I can talk to my new neighbor.
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