#signature signature (2)
January 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
1 a person’s name written in a distinctive way as a form of identification in authorizing a check or document or concluding a letter.
• the action of signing a document: the license was sent to the customer for signature.
• a distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified: the chef produced the pâté that was his signature | [ as modifier ] : his signature dish.
2 Music short for key signature or time signature.
3 Printing a letter or figure printed at the foot of one or more pages of each sheet of a book as a guide in binding.
• a printed sheet after being folded to form a group of pages.
4 the part of a medical prescription that gives instructions about the use of the medicine or drug prescribed.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent. from medieval Latin signatura ‘signature of a sovereign on an official document,’ from Latin signare ‘to sign, mark.’