from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that signifies.
- n. Linguistics A linguistic unit or pattern, such as a succession of speech sounds, written symbols, or gestures, that conveys meaning; a linguistic sign. The signifier of the concept "tree” is, in English, the string of speech sounds (t), (r), and (ē); in German, (b), (ou), and (m).
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- n. The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which signifies, indicates, or makes known.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
Translation of French signifiant, present participle of signifier, to signify.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)