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Signature vs. Initial

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Main Difference

The main difference between Signature and Initial is that the Signature is a handwritten mark made as a proof of identity and intent and Initial is a letter at the beginning of a word, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text.

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Wikipedia
  • Signature (adjective)

    Distinctive, characteristic, indicative of identity.

    "Rabbit in mustard sauce is my signature dish."

    "The signature route of the airline is its daily flight between Buenos Aires and Madrid."

  • Signature (noun)

    A person’s name, written by that person, used to signify approval of accompanying material, such as a legal contract.

  • Signature (noun)

    The act of signing one's name.

  • Signature (noun)

    The part of a doctor’s prescription containing directions for the patient.

  • Signature (noun)

    Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo, composed of the key signature and the time signature.

  • Signature (noun)

    A group of four (or a multiple of four) pages printed such that, when folded, they become a section of a book.

  • Signature (noun)

    A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.

  • Signature (noun)

    Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.

  • Signature (noun)

    A mark or sign of implication.

  • Signature (noun)

    A tuple specifying the sign of coefficients in any diagonal form of a quadratic form.

  • Signature (noun)

    A resemblance between the external character of a disease and those of some physical agent, for instance, that existing between the red skin of scarlet fever and a red cloth; supposed to indicate this agent in the treatment of the disease.

  • Initial (adjective)

    Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin.

    "Our initial admiration for their efficiency gave way to disgust about their methods."

    "The initial stages of a syndrome may differ vastly from the final symptoms."

  • Initial (adjective)

    Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word.

    "The initial letter of names is usually printed with a capital letter."

  • Initial (noun)

    The first letter of a word or a name.

  • Initial (noun)

    In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit.

    "You can get your initials printed at the top."

  • Initial (noun)

    A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.

  • Initial (noun)

    onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology.

  • Initial (verb)

    To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature.

    "Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom."

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Signature (noun)

    A sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal.

  • Signature (noun)

    Especially, the name of any person, written with his own hand, employed to signify that the writing which precedes accords with his wishes or intentions; a sign manual; an autograph.

  • Signature (noun)

    An outward mark by which internal characteristics were supposed to be indicated.

  • Signature (noun)

    A resemblance between the external characters of a disease and those of some physical agent, for instance, that existing between the red skin of scarlet fever and a red cloth; - supposed to indicate this agent in the treatment of the disease.

  • Signature (noun)

    The designation of the key (when not C major, or its relative, A minor) by means of one or more sharps or flats at the beginning of the staff, immediately after the clef, affecting all notes of the same letter throughout the piece or movement. Each minor key has the same signature as its relative major.

  • Signature (noun)

    A letter or figure placed at the bottom of the first page of each sheet of a book or pamphlet, as a direction to the binder in arranging and folding the sheets.

  • Signature (noun)

    That part of a prescription which contains the directions to the patient. It is usually prefaced by S or Sig. (an abbreviation for the Latin signa, imperative of signare to sign or mark).

  • Signature

    To mark with, or as with, a signature or signatures.

  • Initial (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial symptoms of a disease.

  • Initial (adjective)

    Placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a list or series; as, the initial letters of a name.

  • Initial (noun)

    The first letter of a word or a name.

  • Initial

    To put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials.

Webster Dictionary
  • Signature (noun)

    your name written in your own handwriting

  • Signature (noun)

    a distinguishing style;

    "this room needs a woman's touch"

  • Signature (noun)

    a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program

  • Signature (noun)

    the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key

  • Signature (noun)

    a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book

  • Initial (noun)

    the first letter of a word (especially a person's name);

    "he refused to put the initials FRS after his name"

  • Initial (verb)

    mark with one's initials

  • Initial (adjective)

    occurring at the beginning;

    "took the initial step toward reconciliation"

Princeton's WordNet

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