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signpost (sign)

Definition:

a post bearing a sign that gives directions or shows the way

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

signposts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

finger post

Synonyms:

guidepost

Etymology:

"sign on a post, usually indicating an inn or shop", from "sign" (Noun) + "post" ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of signpost...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Traffic sign | Traffic signs | road signs

signs erected at the side of or above roads to provide information to road users. The earliest signs were simple wooden or stone milestones. Later, signs with directional arms were introduced, for example, the fingerposts in the United Kingdom and... (40 of 6516 words, 35 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Traffic sign

Signpost (disambiguation)

a sign erected: at the side of a road or canal to provide information to road users. | a fingerpost; a type of directional roadsign with arms or "fingers" pointing out the direction | at the side of a footpath, cycleway or track provide information to ... (44 of 155 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Signpost (disambiguation)

Wiktionary:

signpost | signposts [plural] | signposted [past tense] | signposting [present participle] | sign-post [sense-specific]

a post bearing a sign that gives information on directions | [transitive] to install signposts (on a route etc) | To indicate logical progress of a discourse using words or phrases such as now, right, to recap, to sum up, as I was saying, etc. (43 of 45 words, 3 definitions, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/signpost

Collins Dictionary:

signpost | sign [synonym, sense-specific]

a post bearing a sign that shows the way, as at a roadside | something that serves as a clue or indication; sign | to mark with signposts | to ... (27 of 395 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/signpost

Oxford Dictionary:

signpost | guidepost [archaic]

a sign giving information such as the direction and distance to a nearby town, typically found at a road junction. | something that acts as a guide or ... (27 of 97 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/signpost

Merriam-Webster:

signpost [entry 1, noun] | guide [synonym, sense-specific] | sign [synonym, sense-specific] | beacon [synonym, sense-specific] | indication [synonym, sense-specific]

a post (as at the fork of a road) with signs on it to direct travelers | "guide", "beacon" | "sign", "indication" (20 of 58 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/signpost

signpost [entry 2, verb]

to provide with or as if with signposts or guides (10 of 39 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/signpost show=1

Cambridge Dictionary:

signpost [entry 1]

a pole at the side of a road, especially at a point where two or more roads meet, which gives information about routes and distances (25 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 1

signpost [entry 2]

something which shows what is going to happen, or what should happen, in the future (15 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 2

signpost [entry 3]

to show the direction of something on a signpost (9 of 50 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 3

signpost [entry 4]

to show what is going to happen in the future (10 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 4

Macmillan British Dictionary:

signpost [transitive, verb] | signposted [past tense] | signposting [present participle] | signposts [3rd-person singular present]

to make something very clear or noticeable (7 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 5

signpost [countable] | signposts [plural]

a sign next to a road showing where something is (10 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/signpost

Random House Dictionary:

signpost

a post bearing a sign that gives information or guidance. | any immediately perceptible indication, obvious clue, etc. | to provide (a place, route, ... (22 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/signpost

New World Dictionary:

signpost

a post bearing a sign; guidepost | a clear indication; obvious clue, symptom, etc. | to put or provide a signpost at, for, etc. (22 of 25 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/signpost

American Heritage Dictionary:

signpost

A post supporting a sign that has information or directions. | An indication, sign, or guide. (15 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/signpost

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sign [advertising]

in marketing and advertising, device placed on or before a premises to identify its occupant and the nature of the business done there or, placed at a ... (27 of 677 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/543696​/sign

Encarta Dictionary:

signpost | signposts [plural] | signposted [past tense] | signposting [present participle]

a pole with a sign on it, especially one that gives directions or similar information | something that gives a clue, indication, hint, or guide | to ... (25 of 87 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732918​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

signpost

First use: 1610s

Origin: "sign on a post, usually indicating an inn or shop", from "sign" (Noun) + "post" (Noun). Meaning "guide- or direction-post along a road" is attested ... (26 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=signpost

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

signpost

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/signpost

Cambridge Dictionary:

signpost [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "signpost"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "signpost"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 3

Macmillan British Dictionary:

signpost [transitive, verb] | signposted [past tense] | signposting [present participle] | signposts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/signpost 5

signpost [countable] | signposts [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/signpost

Macmillan American Dictionary:

signpost [transitive, verb] | signposted [past tense] | signposting [present participle] | signposts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/signpost 5

signpost [countable] | signposts [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/signpost

the Free Dictionary:

signpost

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "signpost"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "signpost"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "signpost" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/signpost

Google Dictionary:

signpost | signposts [plural] | signposted [past tense] | signposting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=signpost

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

signpost

Audio: North American pronunciation of "signpost"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=signpo​01 word=signpost

YourDictionary Audio:

signpost

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "signpost" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/signpost

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