signpost

noun
sign·post | \ˈsīn-ˌpōst \

Definition of signpost 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a post (as at the fork of a road) with signs on it to direct travelers

2 : guide, beacon

signpost

verb
signposted; signposting; signposts

Definition of signpost (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or as if with signposts or guides

Examples of signpost in a Sentence

Noun

The signpost says it is 10 miles to the city.

Verb

The road from here to London is well signposted.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For Drury, being drafted is one major signpost on a hockey career just getting started. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Winnetka's Jack Drury, 'the ultimate teammate,' has a future with Carolina Hurricanes," 3 July 2018 The signpost that reoccurs most often for me is the smell of lemon zest, almost fizzy in its direct attack on my nostrils. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018 From the east, the elevation presents a slim, unadorned, milk-white concrete block, nine stories high, punctured by loggias — a signpost, like the traditional village bell tower, rising above a low, scruffy neighborhood. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 Its flexible legs wrap around branches and signposts, and its magnetic feet stick to metal car hoods. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone," 1 July 2018 Jump, an electronic bike rental company, requires its bikes to be secured to bike racks or signposts, said Josh Squire, founder and CEO. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s Scooter sweepstakes: Lyft, Uber among a dozen companies seeking city permits," 7 June 2018 Behind the hole, peering out from under the signpost identifying the first tee, Josh Braver snapped a photograph of Woods’s follow through while his five-year-old son, Luke, gazed at the image on the viewfinder. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Didn’t Win Again. But He Will.," 3 June 2018 But Lewis's relatives want his legacy to be more than another signpost of intolerance. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "After killing black Leesville man in crash, white 18-year-old called him racial slur, police say," 3 June 2018 There are thus numerous different signposts to success between the companies. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Jeff Bezos Just Nailed a Vertical Rocket Landing," 24 Nov. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The caves are signposted with warnings to not enter near the monsoon season. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 These are the kind of choices that signpost personality. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Miss America Gets to Dress Herself," 9 June 2018 In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers may have found a hormone that signposts autism by studying rhesus macaque monkeys. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists May Have Found a Signpost for Autism in Monkeys," 6 May 2018 Younger audiences might be aghast at some of the old-school sexist attitudes that prevailed at the time, and the filmmakers do a great job at using this one-of-a-kind event to signpost certain advances through the prism of the sports world. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Battle of the Sexes': Film Review | Telluride 2017," 3 Sep. 2017 If you're headed for a small or midsize town, know which big city is nearby (and most likely to be signposted) to keep you headed in the right direction. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves: How to survive a European road trip," 19 Aug. 2017 There are certain solos or musical passages in songs that are really signposts to that song, and other parts that can be more fluid. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "John Oates talks music, fame and why he and Daryl Hall tour, but not record," 15 July 2017

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First Known Use of signpost

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined above

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signpost

noun

English Language Learners Definition of signpost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sign beside a road showing the direction and distance to a place

signpost

verb

English Language Learners Definition of signpost (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide (something) with signposts or guides

signpost

noun
sign·post | \ˈsīn-ˌpōst \

Kids Definition of signpost

: a post with a sign or signs (as for directing travelers)

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