Definition of Signature

1. Noun. Your name written in your own handwriting.

Generic synonyms: Name
Specialized synonyms: Allograph, Autograph, John Hancock, Countersign, Countersignature, Endorsement, Indorsement, Sign Manual
Terms within: Paraph
Derivative terms: Sign

2. Noun. A distinguishing style. "This room needs a woman's touch"
Exact synonyms: Touch
Generic synonyms: Fashion, Manner, Mode, Style, Way
Specialized synonyms: Common Touch

3. Noun. A melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program.

4. Noun. The sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key.
Exact synonyms: Key Signature
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation

5. Noun. A sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book.
Generic synonyms: Piece Of Paper, Sheet, Sheet Of Paper
Group relationships: Book

Definition of Signature

1. n. A sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal.

2. v. t. To mark with, or as with, a signature or signatures.

Definition of Signature

1. Noun. A person’s autograph name. ¹

2. Noun. The act of signing one's name. ¹

3. Noun. (medicine) That part of a doctor’s prescription containing directions for the patient. ¹

4. Noun. (music) Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo ¹

5. Noun. (printing) A group of four (or a multiple of four) pages printed such that, when folded, become a section of a book ¹

6. Noun. (computing) A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc. ¹

7. Noun. (cryptography) Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source. ¹

8. Noun. (context: figurative) A mark or sign of implication. ¹

9. Adjective. distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity ¹

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Definition of Signature

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Medical Definition of Signature

1. 1. A sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal. "The brain, being well furnished with various traces, signatures, and images." (I. Watts) "The natural and indelible signature of God, which human souls . . . Are supposed to be stamped with." (Bentley) 2. Especially, the name of any person, written with his own hand, employed to signify that the writing which precedes accords with his wishes or intentions; a sign manual; an autograph. 3. An outward mark by which internal characteristics were supposed to be indicated. "Some plants bear a very evident signature of their nature and use." (Dr. H. More) 4. A resemblance between the external characters of a disease and those of some physical agent, for instance, that existing between the red skin of scarlet fever and a red cloth; supposed to indicate this agent in the treatment of the disease. 5. The designation of the key (when not C major, or its relative, A minor) by means of one or more sharps or flats at the beginning of the staff, immediately after the clef, affecting all notes of the same letter throughout the piece or movement. Each minor key has the same signature as its relative major. 6. A letter or figure placed at the bottom of the first page of each sheet of a book or pamphlet, as a direction to the binder in arranging and folding the sheets. The printed sheet so marked, or the form from which it is printed; as, to reprint one or more signatures. Star signatures (as A, 1) are the same characters, with the addition of asterisks, used on the first pages of offcuts, as in 12mo sheets. 7. That part of a prescription which contains the directions to the patient. It is usually prefaced by S or Sig. (an abbreviation for the Latin signa, imperative of signare to sign or mark). Origin: F. (cf. It. Signatura, segnatura, Sp. & LL. Signatura), from L. Signare, signatum. See Sign. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Signature

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Literary usage of Signature

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"I know the signature of Micheltorena ; and the signature purporting to be his, appears 455*] "like his; and the signature of Jimeno on said paper ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"The Lord CHANCELLOR said, it would be better to take the answer without signature ; that they should be at liberty to file an answer, as the answer of this ..."

3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"The necessity for a signature arises from the fact that in modern music every major ... The signature thus shows the key in which the piece is written, ..."

4. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1903)
"PRO, PHS, NYHS signature E in one. x August 28. October 26. ... signature CI, K in twos. A »parate of the i)d supplement of the 1730 Law Book. ..."

5. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"Percival—who is capricious in everything, as you know—has seen fit to alter his mind, at the last moment; and the business of the signature is put off for ..."

6. Journal by Indiana General Assembly. Senate, Indiana, General Assembly (1903)
"459 1239 Announcing signature of Speaker to House Enrolled Act No. 1 144 Announcing signature of Speaker to House Enrolled Act No. ..."

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