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Signature vs. Initial

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Signatureadjective

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.’;

Initialadjective

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.’;

Signaturenoun

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

Initialadjective

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.’;

Signaturenoun

The act of signing one's name.

Initialnoun

The first letter of a word or a name.

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Signaturenoun

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

Initialnoun

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.’;

Signaturenoun

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

Initialnoun

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

Signaturenoun

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

Initialnoun

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

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Signaturenoun

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

Initialverb

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

‘Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom.’;

Signaturenoun

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

Initialadjective

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

Signaturenoun

(figurative) A mark or sign of implication.

Initialadjective

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

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Signaturenoun

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

Initialnoun

The first letter of a word or a name.

Signaturenoun

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.

Initialverb

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

Signaturenoun

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

‘The brain, being well furnished with various traces, signatures, and images.’; ‘The natural and indelible signature of God, which human souls . . . are supposed to be stamped with.’;

Initialnoun

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

‘he refused to put the initials FRS after his name’;

Signaturenoun

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.

Initialverb

mark with one's initials

Signaturenoun

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

‘Some plants bear a very evident signature of their nature and use.’;

Initialadjective

occurring at the beginning;

‘took the initial step toward reconciliation’;

Signaturenoun

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.

Initial

In a written or published work, an initial or drop cap is a letter at the beginning of a word, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. The word is derived from the Latin initialis, which means standing at the beginning.

Signaturenoun

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.

Signaturenoun

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.

Signaturenoun

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).

Signatureverb

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

Signaturenoun

your name written in your own handwriting

Signaturenoun

a distinguishing style;

‘this room needs a woman's touch’;

Signaturenoun

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

Signaturenoun

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

Signaturenoun

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

Signaturenoun

a person's name written in a distinctive way as a form of identification in authorizing a cheque or document or concluding a letter

‘the signature of a senior manager’;

Signaturenoun

the action of signing a document

‘the licence was sent to the customer for signature’;

Signaturenoun

a distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified

‘the chef produced the pâté that was his signature’; ‘his signature dish’;

Signaturenoun

short for key signature or time signature

Signaturenoun

a letter or figure printed at the foot of one or more pages of each sheet of a book as a guide in binding.

Signaturenoun

a printed sheet after being folded to form a group of pages.

Signaturenoun

the part of a medical prescription that gives instructions about the use of the medicine or drug prescribed.

Signature

A signature (; from Latin: signare, ) is a handwritten (and often stylized) depiction of someone's name, nickname, or even a simple or other mark that a person writes on documents as a proof of identity and intent. The writer of a signature is a signatory or signer.

‘to sign’; ‘X’;

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