Signer Sign"er noun One who signs or subscribes his name; as, a memorial with a hundred signers .
Signet Sig"net noun
[ Old French signet
a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe
. See Sign
, and confer Sennet
.] A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign manual; -- called also privy signet .
I had my father's signet in my purse. Shak. Signet ring
, a ring containing a signet or private seal.
-- Writer to the signet (Scots Law)
, a judicial officer who prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the office of the secretary of state.
Signeted Sig"net·ed adjective Stamped or marked with a signet.
Signifer Sig"ni·fer adjective [ Latin , from signum sign + ferre to bear.] Bearing signs. [ Obsolete] "The signifer sphere, or zodiac." Holland.
Significance, Significancy Sig·nif"i·cance, Sig·nif"i·can·cy noun
[ Latin significantia
.] 1. The quality or state of being significant. 2. That which is signified; meaning; import; as, the significance of a nod, of a motion of the hand, or of a word or expression. 3. Importance; moment; weight; consequence.
With this brain I must work, in order to give significancy and value to the few facts which I possess. De Quincey.
Significant Sig·nif"i·cant adjective
[ Latin significans
, present participle of significare
. See Signify
.] 1. Fitted or designed to signify or make known somethingl having a meaning; standing as a sign or token; expressive or suggestive; as, a significant word or sound; a significant look.
It was well said of Plotinus, that the stars were significant , but not efficient. Sir W. Raleigh. 2. Deserving to be considered; important; momentous; as, a significant event. Significant figures (Arith.)
, the figures which remain to any number, or decimal fraction, after the ciphers at the right or left are canceled. Thus, the significant figures of 25,000, or of .0025, are 25.
Significant Sig·nif"i·cant noun That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol. Wordsworth.
In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts. Shak.
Significantly Sig·nif"i·cant·ly adverb In a significant manner.
Significate Sig·nif"i·cate noun [ Latin significatus , past participle of significare . See Signify .] (Logic) One of several things signified by a common term. Whately.
Signification Sig`ni·fi·ca"tion noun
[ French signification
, Latin significatio
.] 1. The act of signifying; a making known by signs or other means.
A signification of being pleased. Landor.
All speaking or signification of one's mind implies an act or addres of one man to another. South. 2. That which is signified or made known; that meaning which a sign, character, or token is intended to convey; as, the signification of words.
Significative Sig·nif"i·ca·tive adjective
[ Latin significativus
: confer French significatif
.] 1. Betokening or representing by an external sign.
The holy symbols or signs are not barely significative . Brerewood. 2. Having signification or meaning; expressive of a meaning or purpose; significant.
Neither in the degrees of kindred they were destitute of significative words. Camden.
Significator Sig"ni·fi·ca`tor noun
[ Confer French significateur
.] One who, or that which, signifies.
In this diagram there was one significator which pressed remarkably upon our astrologer's attention. Sir W. Scott.
Significatory Sig·nif"i·ca·to·ry adjective [ Latin significatorius .] Significant. -- noun That which is significatory.
Significavit Sig`ni·fi·ca"vit noun [ Latin , (he) has signified, perf. ind. of significare to signify.] (Eng. Eccl. Law) Formerly, a writ issuing out of chancery, upon certificate given by the ordinary, of a man's standing excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the laying him up in prison till he submit himself to the authority of the church. Crabb.
Signify Sig"ni·fy transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Signified
; present participle & verbal noun Signifying
.] [ French signifier
, Latin significare
a sign + -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See Sign
, and -fy
.] 1. To show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional token, as words, gestures, signals, or the like; to announce; to make known; to declare; to express; as, a signified his desire to be present.
I 'll to the king; and signify to him Shak.
That thus I have resign'd my charge to you.
The government should signify to the Protestants of Ireland that want of silver is not to be remedied. Swift. 2. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.
He bade her tell him what it signified . Chaucer.
A tale Shak.
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
is often used impersonally; as, it signifies
nothing, it does not signify
, that is, it is of no importance. Syn.
-- To express; manifest; declare; utter; intimate; betoken; denote; imply; mean.
Signior Sign"ior noun Sir; Mr. The English form and pronunciation for the Italian Signor and the Spanish Señor .
Signiorize Sign"ior·ize transitive verb [ See Seigniorize .] To exercise dominion over; to lord it over. [ Obsolete] Shelton.
Signiorize Sign"ior·ize (sēn"yẽr*īz) intransitive verb To exercise dominion; to seigniorize. [ Obsolete] Hewyt.
Signiorship Sign"ior·ship noun State or position of a signior.
Signiory Sign"ior·y (-ȳ) noun Same as Seigniory .
Signor Si·gnor" Si*gno"re noun [ Italian See Seignior .] Sir; Mr.; -- a title of address or respect among the Italians. Before a noun the form is Signor .
Signora Si·gno"ra noun [ Italian ] Madam; Mrs; -- a title of address or respect among the Italians.
Signorina Si`gno·ri"na noun [ Italian ] Miss; -- a title of address among the Italians.
Signpost Sign"post` noun A post on which a sign hangs, or on which papers are placed to give public notice of anything.
Sik, Sike Sik, Sike adjective Such. See Such . [ Obsolete] " Sike fancies weren foolerie." Spenser.
Sike Sike noun [ Anglo-Saxon sīc . Confer Sig .] A gutter; a stream, such as is usually dry in summer. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Sike Sike noun [ See Sick .] A sick person. [ Prov. Eng.]
Sike Sike intransitive verb To sigh.
That for his wife weepeth and siketh sore. Chaucer.
Sike Sike noun A sigh. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Siker Sik"er adjective & adverb , Sik"er*ly adverb , Sik"er*ness noun , etc. See 2d Sicker , Sickerly , etc. [ Obsolete]
Sikhs Sikhs noun plural ; sing. Sikh [ Hind. Sikh , properly, a disciple.] A religious sect noted for warlike traits, founded in the Punjab at the end of the 15th century.
Silage Si"lage noun & v. Short for Ensilage .
Sile Sile transitive verb [ Akin to Swedish sila to strain, sil sieve, German sielen to draw away or lead off water. √151 adjective See Silt .] To strain, as fresh milk. [ Prov. Eng.]
Sile Sile intransitive verb To drop; to flow; to fall. [ Prov. Eng.]
Sile Sile noun 1. A sieve with fine meshes. [ Prov. Eng.] 2. Filth; sediment. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Sile Sile noun [ Icelandic sīld herring; akin to Swedish sill , Danish sild . Confer Sill the young of a herring.] (Zoology) A young or small herring. [ Eng.] Pennant.
Silence Si"lence noun
[ French, from Latin silentium
. See Silent
.] 1. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
I saw and heared; for such a numerous host Milton. 2. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness. 3. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence .
Fled not in silence through the frighted deep.
The administration itself keeps a profound silence . D. Webster. 4. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence . 5. Absence of mention; oblivion.
And what most merits fame, in silence hid. Milton.
Silence Si"lence interj. Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence , or keep silence . Shak.
Silence Si"lence transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Silenced
; present participle & verbal noun Silencing
.] 1. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle. Shak. 2. To put to rest; to quiet.
This would silence all further opposition. Clarendon.
These would have silenced their scruples. Rogers. 3. To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.
The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity. B. Trumbull. 4. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.
Silencer Si"lenc·er noun One that silences; specif.: (a) The muffler of an internal-combustion engine. (b) Any of various devices to silence the humming noise of telegraph wires. (c) A device for silencing the report of a firearm shooting its projectiles singly, as a tubular attachment for the muzzle having circular plates that permit the passage of the projectile but impart a rotary motion to, and thus retard, the exploding gases.
Silene Si·le"ne noun [ New Latin , from Latin Silenus , the attendant of Bacchus.] (Botany) A genus of caryophyllaceous plants, usually covered with a viscid secretion by which insects are caught; catchfly. Bon Silène . See Silène , in the Vocabulary.
Silent Si"lent adjective
[ Latin silens
, - entis
, present participle of silere
to be silent; akin to Goth. ana- silan.] 1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
How silent is this town! Shak. 2. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men. Broome.
This new-created world, whereof in hell Milton. 3. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent . Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh. 4. (Pron.) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable." 5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
Fame is not silent .
Cause . . . silent , virtueless, and dead. Sir W. Raleigh. Silent partner
. See Dormant partner , under Dormant . Syn.
-- Mute; taciturn; dumb; speechless; quiet; still. See Mute
, and Taciturn
Silent Si"lent noun That which is silent; a time of silence. [ R.] "The silent of the night." Shak.
Silentiary Si·len"ti·a·ry (si*lĕn"shĭ*a*rȳ) noun [ Latin silentiarius : confer French silenciaire . See Silence .] One appointed to keep silence and order in court; also, one sworn not to divulge secrets of state.
Silentious Si·len"tious adjective [ Latin silentiosus : confer French silencieux .] Habitually silent; taciturn; reticent. [ R.]
Silently Si"lent·ly adverb In a silent manner.
Silentness Si"lent·ness noun State of being silent; silence.
Silenus Si·le"nus noun [ Latin Silenus the tutor and attendant of Bacchus.] (Zoology) See Wanderoo .
Silesia Si·le"si·a noun 1. A kind of linen cloth, originally made in Silesia , a province of Prussia. 2. A twilled cotton fabric, used for dress linings.
Silesian Si·le"si·an adjective Of or pertaining to Silesia. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Silesia.
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