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signing (plural signings)

  1. The act of concluding a contract, especially by an athlete or entertainer with a company.
    • 1992 November 12, Frank Hughes, “Prep Baseball Stars Lambert, Yankosky Take Spotlight With Early Signings”, in Washington Post[1], page B5:
      In basketball signings, Maryland added depth to its frontcourt by signing 6-foot-9 forward-center Joe Smith of Maury High in Norfolk []
  2. (by extension) A player signed by a sporting organization.
    • 2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Early goals from summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Santos proved enough to give Arsenal a narrow win over Olympiakos.
  3. An event (signing session) in a bookshop etc. where an author signs copies of his or her book.
  4. The use of sign language; skill at using a sign language.

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  1. present participle and gerund of sign