I signed to Browne to make his retreat.Sir W. Scott.
We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross.Bk. of Com Prayer.
Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed,Shak.
And let him sign it.
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God.Rom. xv. 19.
It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.Ex. iv. 8.
What time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign.Num. xxvi. 10.
The holy symbols, or signs, are not barely significative; but what they represent is as certainly delivered to us as the symbols themselves.Brerewood.
Saint George of Merry England, the sign of victory.Spenser.
They made signs to his father, how he would have him called.Luke i. 62.
☞ Educaters of the deaf distinguish between natural signs, which serve for communicating ideas, and methodical, or systematic, signs, adapted for the dictation, or the rendering, of written language, word by word; and thus the signs are to be distinguished from the manual alphabet, by which words are spelled on the fingers.
The shops were, therefore, distinguished by painted signs, which gave a gay and grotesque aspect to the streets.Macaulay.
☞ The signs are reckoned from the point of intersection of the ecliptic and equator at the vernal equinox, and are named, respectively, Aries (♈), Taurus (♉), Gemini (II), Cancer (♋), Leo (♌), Virgo (♍), Libra (♎), Scorpio (♏), Sagittarius (♐), Capricornus (♑), Aquarius (♒), Pisces (♓). These names were originally the names of the constellations occupying severally the divisions of the zodiac, by which they are still retained; but, in consequence of the procession of the equinoxes, the signs have, in process of time, become separated about 30 degrees from these constellations, and each of the latter now lies in the sign next in advance, or to the east of the one which bears its name, as the constellation Aries in the sign Taurus, etc.
☞ The terms symptom and and sign are often used synonymously; but they may be discriminated. A sign differs from a symptom in that the latter is perceived only by the patient himself. The term sign is often further restricted to the purely local evidences of disease afforded by direct examination of the organs involved, as distinguished from those evidence of general disturbance afforded by observation of the temperature, pulse, etc. In this sense it is often called physical sign.
An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.Bk. of Common Prayer.
☞ See the Table of Arbitrary Signs, p. 1924.
Syn. -- Token; mark; note; symptom; indication; signal; symbol; type; omen; prognostic; presage; manifestation. See Emblem.