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Meaning of SIGNATURE

Pronunciation:  'signuchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch"
  2. [n]  a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book
  3. [n]  your name written in your own handwriting
  4. [n]  the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
  5. [n]  a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program

SIGNATURE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: key signature, signature tune, theme song, touch
 See Also: air, allograph, autograph, book, common touch, countersign, countersignature, endorsement, fashion, John Hancock, line, manner, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, mode, musical notation, name, paraph, piece of paper, sheet, sheet of paper, sign manual, strain, style, tune, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sig"na*ture\, n. [F. (cf. It. signatura, segnatura,
    Sp. & LL. signatura), from L. signare, signatum. See {Sign},
    v. t.]
    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.
    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
    3. (Physiol.) 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. (Old Med.) 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. (Mus.) 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. (Print.)
       (a) 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
       (b) The printed sheet so marked, or the form from which it
           is printed; as, to reprint one or more signatures.
    Note: 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. (Pharm.) 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).
  2. \Sig"na*ture\, v. t.
    To mark with, or as with, a signature or signatures.
Computing Dictionary

1. A set of function symbols with arities.

2. (Or sig) A few lines of information about the sender of an electronic mail message or news posting. Most unix mail and news software will automagically append a signature from a file called .signature in the user's home directory to outgoing mail and news.

A signature should give your real name and your e-mail address since, though these appear in the headers of your messages, they may be munged by intervening software. It is currently (1994) hip to include the url of your home page on the world-wide web in your sig.

The composition of one's sig can be quite an art form, including an ascii logo or one's choice of witty sayings (see sig quote, fool file). However, large sigs are a waste of bandwidth, and it has been observed that the size of one's sig block is usually inversely proportional to one's prestige on the net.

See also doubled sig, sig virus.

2. A concept very similar to abstract base classes except that they have their own hierarchy and can be applied to compiled classes. Signatures provide a means of separating subtyping and inheritance. They are implemented in c++ as patches to gcc 2.5.2 by Gerald Baumgartner <[email protected]>.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing your signature in your dream, represents your agreement and acceptance for a particular condition or situation. You are taking charge and responsibility. It is also an indication of your seal of approval.