signature

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French signature, from Latin signatura, future passive periphrastic of verb signare, "to sign", from signum, "sign", + -tura, feminine of -turus, future passive periphrastic suffix.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪɡnətʃə/, /ˈsɪɡnɪtʃə/
  • (US) enPR: ′sĭgnəchər, ′sĭgnĭchər, IPA(key): /ˈsɪɡnətʃɚ/, /ˈsɪɡnɪtʃɚ/

Noun[edit]

signature (plural signatures)

  1. A person’s name, written by that person, used to signify approval of accompanying material, such as a legal contract.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language [] his clerks [] understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there. For his signature, however, that was different.
  2. The act of signing one's name.
  3. (medicine) That part of a doctor’s prescription containing directions for the patient.
  4. (music) Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo
  5. (printing) A group of four (or a multiple of four) pages printed such that, when folded, become a section of a book
  6. (computing) A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.
  7. (cryptography) Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.
  8. (figurative) A mark or sign of implication.
    • Richard Bentley (1662-1742)
      the natural and indelible signature of God, which human souls in their first origin are supposed to be stamped with
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      A “signature” was placed on all things by God to indicate their affinities — but it was hidden, hence the search for arcane knowledge. Knowing was guessing and interpreting, not observing or demonstrating.
  9. (mathematics) A tuple specifying the number of coefficients of the same sign in any diagonal form of a quadratic form
  10. (medicine, obsolete) A resemblance between the external character 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.

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Adjective[edit]

signature (comparative more signature, superlative most signature) (unusually not comparable)

  1. distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity
    • 2001, Lawrence J. Vale, Sam Bass Warner, Imaging the city: continuing struggles and new directions
      Consider Las Fallas of Valencia, Spain, arguably the most signature of signature ephemera.
    • 2005, Paul Duchscherer, Linda Svendsen, Beyond the bungalow: grand homes in the arts & crafts tradition
      Considered the most signature effect of the Tudor Revival style, half-timbering derived its distinctive ...
    • 2005, Brett Dawson, Tales from the 2004-05 Fighting Illini
      But it was perhaps the most signature shot Williams ever made in an Illinois uniform, a bullying basket in which he used his power to pound Stoudamire, ...
    Rabbit in mustard sauce is my signature dish.
    • 2005: CBS News website, Paul Winchell Dead At Age 82, read at [1] on 14 May 2006 - The inspiration for Tigger’s signature phrase: TTFN, ta-ta for now.
      The signature route of the airline is its daily flight between Buenos Aires and Madrid.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

signature f (plural signatures)

  1. signature (a person's name written in their own handwriting)
    désavouer sa signature
  2. the act of signing
    Le décret est à la signature.

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

signātūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of signātūrus