- When you sign your name on a piece of paper, this is an example of your signature.
- When you have a dance move that everyone attributes to you, this is an example of a signature dance move.
- a person's name written by that person; also, a representation of this in a mark, stamp, deputy's handwriting, etc.
- the act of signing one's name
- an identifying characteristic or mark
- that part of a doctor's prescription telling the patient how to use the medicine prescribed: usually marked S or Sig.
- theme song (sense )
- key signature
- time signature
- a large sheet upon which are printed a number of pages in some multiple of four, and which, when folded to page size, forms one section of a book
- a letter or number at the bottom of the first page in such a sheet showing in what order that section is to be gathered for binding
Origin of signatureLate Latin signatura from Classical Latin signare: see signatory
- designating or of a product, as clothing, which is distinguished by a label bearing the stylized signature of its designer
- typical of or identified with a person, place, etc.: an actor's signature mannerism, a restaurant's signature entree
- a. One's name as written by oneself.b. The act of signing one's name.c. See e-signature.
- A distinctive mark, characteristic, or sound indicating identity: A surprise ending is the signature of an O. Henry short story.
- Medicine The part of a physician's prescription containing directions to the patient.
- Music a. A sign used to indicate key.b. A sign used to indicate tempo.
- Printing a. A letter, number, or symbol placed at the bottom of the first page on each sheet of printed pages of a book as a guide to the proper sequence of the sheets in binding.b. A large sheet printed with four or a multiple of four pages that when folded becomes a section of the book.
- See chemical signature.
Origin of signatureFrench from Old French from Medieval Latin signātūra from Latin signātus past participle of signāre to mark from signum sign ; see sign .
- A person's name, written by that person, used to signify approval of accompanying material, such as a legal contract.
- The act of signing one's name.
- (medicine) That part of a doctor's prescription containing directions for the patient.
- (music) Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo
- (printing) A group of four (a multiple of four) pages printed such that, when folded, become a section of a book
- (computing) A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.
- (cryptography) Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.
- (figurative) A mark or sign of implication.
- (mathematics) A tuple specifying the number of coefficients of the same sign in any diagonal form of a quadratic form
(comparative more signature, superlative most signature) (unusually not comparable)
- distinctive, characteristic indicative of identity
- Rabbit in mustard sauce is my signature dish.
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.
signature - Computer Definition
In anti-virus software and intrusion detection systems (IDS), a pattern that the system looks for when scanning files or network traffic. This term should not be confused with a digital signature. Virus or worm signatures are increasingly hard to determine because malicious code has begun to use code-morphing techniques—such that each propagated new signature version looks somewhat different from that of the previous generation.
Graham, R. Hacking Lexicon. [Online, 2001.] Robert Graham Website. http://www.linuxsecurity.com/resource_files/documentation/hacking-dict.html.
(2) A pattern used for matching. Also called a "fingerprint" or "definition." For example, antivirus companies maintain a database that contains the virus code (the signature) of each of the known viruses. To detect a virus, the antivirus program looks for these code strings in executable programs. Spyware blockers that look for spyware and adware also use signature patterns. An intrusion detection system also uses signatures, which are patterns that suggest an attack. For example, excessive logins that failed or the execution of certain programs.
(3) A unique number built into hardware or software for identification.
(4) A group of printed pages used in the construction of a book or booklet. Typically comprising 16 or 32 pages, signatures may also be 8, 12, 24, 48 or 64 pages long. The signature is printed on one large sheet of paper in a certain "imposition" order that, when cut and folded, results in the correct page sequence. The signatures are then bound together to make the final product.
signature - Legal Definition