|n.||1.||A sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal.|
|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 autograph.|
|3.||(Physiol.) An outward mark by which internal characteristics were supposed to be indicated.|
|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 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 sheets.|
|7.||(Pharm.) That part of a prescription which contains the directions to the patient. It is usually prefaced by |
|v. t.||1.||To mark with, or as with, a signature or signatures.|
|Noun||1.||signature - your name written in your own handwriting|
|2.||signature - a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch"|
|3.||signature - a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program|
|4.||signature - the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key|
Synonyms: key signature
|5.||signature - a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book|
SIGNATURE, pract. contr. By signature is understood the act of putting down
a man's name, at the end of an instrument, to attest its validity. The name
thus written is also called a signature.
2. It is not necessary that a party should write his name himself, to constitute a signature; his mark is now held sufficient though he was able to write. 8 Ad. & El. 94; 3 N. & Per. 228; 3 Curt. 752; 5 John. 144, A signature made by a party, another person guiding his band with his consent, is sufficient. 4 Wash. C. C. 262, 269. Vide to Sign.
|1.||signature - A set of function symbols with arities.|
|2.||(messaging)||signature - (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.
|3.||(programming)||signature - 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