Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Signboard noun A board, placed on or before a shop, office, etc., on which ssome notice is given, as the name of a firm, of a business, or the like.

Signer noun One who signs or subscribes his name; as, a memorial with a hundred signers .

Signet noun [ Old French signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe . See Sign , noun , 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 adjective Stamped or marked with a signet.

Signifer adjective [ Latin , from signum sign + ferre to bear.] Bearing signs. [ Obsolete] "The signifer sphere, or zodiac." Holland.

Significance, Significancy 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 adjective [ Latin significans , -antis , 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 noun That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol. Wordsworth.

In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts.
Shak.

Significantly adverb In a significant manner.

Significate noun [ Latin significatus , past participle of significare . See Signify .] (Logic) One of several things signified by a common term. Whately.

Signification 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 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.

-- Sig*nif"i*ca*tive*ly , adverb -- Sig*nif"i*ca*tive*ness , noun

Significator 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 adjective [ Latin significatorius .] Significant. -- noun That which is significatory.

Significavit 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 transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Signified ; present participle & verbal noun Signifying .] [ French signifier , Latin significare ; signum a sign + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Sign , noun , 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
That thus I have resign'd my charge to you.
Shak.

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
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Shak.

» Signify 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 noun Sir; Mr. The English form and pronunciation for the Italian Signor and the Spanish Señor .

Signiorize transitive verb [ See Seigniorize .] To exercise dominion over; to lord it over. [ Obsolete] Shelton.

Signiorize (sēn"yẽr*īz) intransitive verb To exercise dominion; to seigniorize. [ Obsolete] Hewyt.

Signiorship noun State or position of a signior.

Signiory (-ȳ) noun Same as Seigniory .

Signor 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 noun [ Italian ] Madam; Mrs; -- a title of address or respect among the Italians.

Signorina noun [ Italian ] Miss; -- a title of address among the Italians.

Signpost noun A post on which a sign hangs, or on which papers are placed to give public notice of anything.

Sik, Sike adjective Such. See Such . [ Obsolete] " Sike fancies weren foolerie." Spenser.

Sike noun [ Anglo-Saxon sīc . Confer Sig .] A gutter; a stream, such as is usually dry in summer. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Sike noun [ See Sick .] A sick person. [ Prov. Eng.]

Sike intransitive verb To sigh. [ Obsolete]

That for his wife weepeth and siketh sore.
Chaucer.

Sike noun A sigh. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Siker adjective & adverb , Sik"er*ly adverb , Sik"er*ness noun , etc. See 2d Sicker , Sickerly , etc. [ Obsolete]

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 noun & v. Short for Ensilage .

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 intransitive verb To drop; to flow; to fall. [ Prov. Eng.]

Sile noun
1. A sieve with fine meshes. [ Prov. Eng.]

2. Filth; sediment. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

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 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
Fled not in silence through the frighted deep.
Milton.

2. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.

3. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence .

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 interj. Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence , or keep silence . Shak.

Silence 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 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 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 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
Fame is not silent .
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. [ R.]

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 noun That which is silent; a time of silence. [ R.] "The silent of the night." Shak.

Silentiary (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 adjective [ Latin silentiosus : confer French silencieux .] Habitually silent; taciturn; reticent. [ R.]

Silently adverb In a silent manner.

Silentness noun State of being silent; silence.

Silenus noun [ Latin Silenus the tutor and attendant of Bacchus.] (Zoology) See Wanderoo .

Silesia noun
1. A kind of linen cloth, originally made in Silesia , a province of Prussia.

2. A twilled cotton fabric, used for dress linings.