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(1)   A distinguishing style
"This room needs a woman's touch"
(2)   A sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book
(3)   Your name written in your own handwriting
(4)   The sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
(5)   A melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program


From French signature, from Latin signatura, future passive periphrastic of verb signare, "to sign", from signum, "sign", + -tura, feminine of -turus, future passive periphrastic suffix.


  1. A person’s autograph name.
  2. The act of signing one's name.
  3. That part of a doctor’s prescription containing directions for the patient.
  4. Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo
  5. A group of four (or a multiple of four) pages printed such that, when folded, become a section of a book
  6. A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.
  7. Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.
  8. A mark or sign of implication.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      A “” was placed on all things by God to indicate their affinities — but it was hidden, hence the search for arcane knowledge. Knowing was guessing and interpreting, not observing or demonstrating.


  1. distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity