Signed vs Signature what difference

what is difference between Signed and Signature



  • IPA(key): /saɪnd/


signed (not comparable)

  1. Having a signature; endorsed.
    The signed check could be cashed.
  2. (mathematics, computer science) Having both positive and negative varieties.
    It wasn’t until they tried to subtract 3 from 1 that the elementary school students realized they needed signed numbers.
  3. (of a road, route) Furnished with signs and signposts; signposted.
    • 2013: Backpacking Wyoming: From Towering Granite Peaks to Steaming Geyser Basins, Wilderness Press, p. 64 [1]
      Turn left on poorly signed Highway 292 and proceed on this winding road for about 12 miles.


  • unsigned


  • self-signed




  1. simple past tense and past participle of sign


  • Edgins, deigns, design, dinges, gnides, nidges, sdeign, singed



Borrowed from Middle French signature, or from Medieval Latin signatura, future active periphrastic of verb signare (to sign) from signum (sign), + -tura, feminine of -turus, future active periphrastic suffix.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪɡnətʃə(r)/, /ˈsɪɡnɪtʃə(r)/
  • (US) enPR: sĭg′nəchər, sĭg′nĭchər, IPA(key): /ˈsɪɡnətʃɚ/, /ˈsɪɡnɪtʃɚ/


signature (plural signatures)

  1. A person’s name, written by that person, used as identification or to signify approval of accompanying material, such as a legal contract.
  2. An act of signing one’s name; an act of producing a signature.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:signature.
  3. (medicine) The part of a doctor’s prescription containing directions for the patient.
  4. (music) Signs on the stave indicating key and tempo, composed of the key signature and the time signature.
  5. (printing) A group of four (or a multiple of four) sheets printed such that, when folded, they become a section of a book.
  6. (computing) A pattern used for matching the identity of a virus, the parameter types of a method, etc.
  7. (cryptography) Data attached to a message that guarantees that the message originated from its claimed source.
  8. (figuratively) A mark or sign of implication.
    • 1975, United States. Office of Noise Abatement and Control, First Report on Status and Progress of Noise Research and Control Programs in the Federal Government (volume 1, page 6-13)
      The TACOM Vehicle Signature Reduction program is concerned with reducing the noise signature detectability of military vehicles in combat.
  9. A dish that is characteristic of a particular chef.
  10. (mathematics) A tuple specifying the sign of coefficients in any diagonal form of a quadratic form.
  11. (medicine, obsolete) 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.
  12. (Internet) Text (or images, etc.) appended to a user’s emails, newsgroup posts, forum posts, etc. as a way of adding a personal touch or including contact details.
    Synonyms: sig, siggy


  • biosignature

Derived terms

  • signature-compatible


See also

  • autograph


signature (not generally comparable, comparative more signature, superlative most signature)

  1. Distinctive, characteristic, indicative of identity.
    • 2001, Lawrence J. Vale, Sam Bass Warner, Imaging the city: continuing struggles and new directions,
      Consider Las Fallas of Valencia, Spain, arguably the most signature of signature ephemera.
    • 2005, Paul Duchscherer, Linda Svendsen, Beyond the bungalow: grand homes in the arts & crafts tradition,
      Considered the most signature effect of the Tudor Revival style, half-timbering derived its distinctive [] .
    • 2005, Brett Dawson, Tales from the 2004-05 Fighting Illini,
      But it was perhaps the most signature shot Williams ever made in an Illinois uniform, a bullying basket in which he used his power to pound Stoudamire, [] .
    • 2005, CBS News website, Paul Winchell Dead At Age 82,
      He credited his wife, who is British, for giving him the inspiration for Tigger’s signature phrase: TTFN. TA-TA for now.



  • signature at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • antisurge, gauntries, sautering



signer +‎ -ture; cf. Medieval Latin signatura.


  • IPA(key): /si.ɲa.tyʁ/


signature f (plural signatures)

  1. signature (a person’s name written in their own handwriting)
    désavouer sa signature
  2. the act of signing
    Le décret est à la signature.

Related terms

  • signer
  • signataire

Further reading

  • “signature” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).




  1. vocative masculine singular of signātūrus

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