A sign is a representation of an object that implies a connection between itself and its object. A natural sign bears a causal relation to its object—for instance, thunder is a sign of storm. A conventional sign signifies by agreement, as a full stop signifies the end of a sentence. (This is in contrast to a symbol which stands for another thing, as a flag may be a symbol of a nation).
The way a sign signifies is called semiosis which is a topic of semiotics and philosophy of language.
How a sign is perceived depends upon what is intended or expressed in the semiotic relationship of:
- Significance (i.e. meaning)
Thus, for example, people may speak of the significance of events, the signification of characters, the meaning of sentences, or the import of a communication. Different ways of relating signs to their objects are called modes of signification.
Uses of conventional signs are varied. Usually the goal is to elicit a response or simply inform. That can be achieved by marking something, displaying a message (i.e. a notice), drawing attention or presenting evidence of an underlying cause (for instance, medical symptoms signify a disease), performing a bodily gesture, etc.
Other articles related to "sign, signs":
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... catcher is said to call the game by sending signs to the pitcher calling for a particular pitch ... may shake off (shake his head "no" to) the initial sign or nod in agreement when he receives the sign that he wants before going into his windup ... to signal the pitcher that he is using an alternate set of signs so that the runner won't be able to steal the sign ...
... in the February 1890 edition of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine as The Sign of the Four (five-word title), appearing in both London and Philadelphia ... These re-serialisations gave the title as The Sign of Four ... Spencer Blackett, again using the title The Sign of Four ...
... A sign can denote any of the following Sign, in astrology often used to mean the Sun sign Sign or signing, in communication communicating via hand gestures, such as in sign language ... Gang signal Sign, in Tracking (hunting) also known as Spoor (animal) trace evidence left on the ground after passage ... A sign, in common use, is an indication that a previously observed event is about to occur again Sign, in divination and religion an omen, an event or occurrence ...
... The section sign (§, Unicode U+00A7, HTML entity sect) is a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code ... In Europe, the § is called the paragraph symbol (or token, or sign) ... It is frequently used along with the pilcrow (¶), or paragraph sign (which is what § is called in Europe) ...
Famous quotes containing the word sign:
“If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.”
—Alice Meynell (18471922)
“When much intercourse with a friend has supplied us with a standard of excellence, and has increased our respect for the resources of God who thus sends a real person to outgo our ideal; when he has, moreover, become an object of thought, and, whilst his character retains all its unconscious effect, is converted in the mind into solid and sweet wisdom,it is a sign to us that his office is closing, and he is commonly withdrawn from our sight in a short time.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.”
—Greil Marcus (b. 1945)