Definition of signature
1a : the act of signing one's name to somethingb : the name of a person written with his or her own hand
2 : a feature in the appearance or qualities of a natural object formerly held to indicate its utility in medicine
3a : a letter or figure placed usually at the bottom of the first page on each sheet of printed pages (as of a book) as a direction to the binder in arranging and gathering the sheetsb : one unit of a book comprising a group of printed sheets that are folded and stitched together
5 : the part of a medical prescription that contains the directions to the patient
6 : something (such as a tune, style, or logo) that serves to set apart or identify; also : a characteristic mark
7 : fingerprint 2
Examples of signature in a Sentence
There is a place for your signature at the bottom of the form.
If we can collect 200,000 signatures on our petition, then our candidate will be included on the ballot.
We presented the document to the president for her signature.
The bill passed and went to the governor for signature a week ago.
Recent Examples of signature from the Web
Louisville’s signature dish is the Hot Brown, an open-faced turkey sandwich that uses one slice of bread, according to the recipe on the Brown Hotel’s website.
The original Yusho restaurant remains open in Avondale, serving signature Tokyo market inspired food and drink, as does Merges' Billy Sunday in Logan Square, and Old Irving Brewing in the Irving Park neighborhood.
The setback casts fresh uncertainty on the Republican effort to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.
The fair sold 76 kegs, or more than 12,000 servings, of its signature craft beer, Blood Orange IPA from Hess Brewery.
Signature tweed jackets were reimagined as long tunics, or cropped and double-breasted.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ray Fosse refuses to oblige a fan requesting his autograph next to Pete Rose’s signature on a photo of their 1970 All-Star Game collision.
When night fell, the meetup’s organizers mixed case after case of Havana Club three-year-old rum with limes, sugar, ice, and a liberal splash of Club-Mate to make the signature CCC cocktail, Tschunk.
Their signature shake, the Fat Elvis, features chocolate, peanut butter, banana, and bacon peanuts--a bizarre and delightful combination.
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Origin and Etymology of signature
Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin signatura, from Latin signatus, past participle of signare to sign, seal
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
SIGNATURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of signature for English Language Learners
: a person's name written in that person's handwriting
: the act of signing something
: something (such as a quality or feature) that is closely associated with someone or something
SIGNATURE Defined for Kids
Definition of signature for Students
1 : the name of a person written by that person Your signature is required on the form.
2 : a sign or group of signs placed at the beginning of a staff in music to show the key (key signature) or the meter (time signature)
Medical Definition of signature
1: a feature in the appearance or qualities of a natural object formerly held to indicate its utility in medicine either because of a fancied resemblance to a body part (as a heart-shaped leaf indicating utility in heart disease) or because of a presumed relation to some phase of a disease (as the prickly nature of thistle indicating utility in case of a stitch in the side)
2: the part of a medical prescription which contains the directions to the patient
Legal Definition of signature
1a : the act of signing one's name or of making a mark in lieu thereof b : the name of a person written with his or her own hand to signify that the writing which precedes accords with his or her wishes or intentions c : a mark (as initials, stamp, or printed name) made on a document and intended to serve as an indication of the party's execution or authentication of the document and intent to be bound by it — see also private signature
2 : a distinguishing or identifying mark, feature, or quality; especially : a distinctive method of committing a crime that is characteristic of an offender
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