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Definition of virgo (Meaning of virgo)
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Sign Sign, n. [F. signe, L. signum; cf. AS. segen, segn, a
	     sign, standard, banner, also fr. L. signum. Cf. {Ensign},
	     {Resign}, {Seal} a stamp, {Signal}, {Signet}.]
	     That by which anything is made known or represented; that
	     which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a
	     proof. Specifically:
	     (a) A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as
	         indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen.
	     (b) An event considered by the Jews as indicating the divine
	         will, or as manifesting an interposition of the divine
	         power for some special end; a miracle; a wonder.
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	               Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of
	               the Spirit of God.                   --Rom. xv. 19.
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	               It shall come to pass, if they will not believe
	               thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first
	               sign, that they will believe the voice of the
	               latter sign.                         --Ex. iv. 8.
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	     (c) Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve
	         the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
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	               What time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty
	               men, and they became a sign.         --Num. xxvi.
	                                                    10.
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	     (d) Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or
	         represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
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	               The holy symbols, or signs, are not barely
	               significative; but what they represent is as
	               certainly delivered to us as the symbols
	               themselves.                          --Brerewood.
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	               Saint George of Merry England, the sign of victory.
	                                                    --Spenser.
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	     (e) A word or a character regarded as the outward
	         manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of
	         ideas.
	     (f) A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is
	         expressed, or a command or a wish made known.
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	               They made signs to his father, how he would have
	               him called.                          --Luke i. 62.
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	     (g) Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language
	         of a signs such as those used by the North American
	         Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb.
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	     Note: Educaters of the deaf distinguish between natural
	           signs, which serve for communicating ideas, and
	           methodical, or systematic, signs, adapted for the
	           dictation, or the rendering, of written language, word
	           by word; and thus the signs are to be distinguished
	           from the manual alphabet, by which words are spelled on
	           the fingers.
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	     (h) A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
	         --Milton.
	     (i) A lettered board, or other conspicuous notice, placed
	         upon or before a building, room, shop, or office to
	         advertise the business there transacted, or the name of
	         the person or firm carrying it on; a publicly displayed
	         token or notice.
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	               The shops were, therefore, distinguished by painted
	               signs, which gave a gay and grotesque aspect to the
	               streets.                             --Macaulay.
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	     (j) (Astron.) The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
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	     Note: The signs are reckoned from the point of intersection
	           of the ecliptic and equator at the vernal equinox, and
	           are named, respectively, {Aries} ([Aries]), {Taurus}
	           ([Taurus]), {Gemini} (II), {Cancer} ([Cancer]), {Leo}
	           ([Leo]), {Virgo} ([Virgo]), {Libra} ([Libra]),
	           {Scorpio} ([Scorpio]), {Sagittarius} ([Sagittarius]),
	           {Capricornus  ([Capricorn]), {Aquarius} ([Aquarius]),
	           {Pisces} ([Pisces]). These names were originally the
	           names of the constellations occupying severally the
	           divisions of the zodiac, by which they are still
	           retained; but, in consequence of the procession of the
	           equinoxes, the signs have, in process of time, become
	           separated about 30 degrees from these constellations,
	           and each of the latter now lies in the sign next in
	           advance, or to the east of the one which bears its
	           name, as the constellation Aries in the sign Taurus,
	           etc.
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	     (k) (Alg.) A character indicating the relation of quantities,
	         or an operation performed upon them; as, the sign +
	         (plus); the sign -- (minus); the sign of division /, and
	         the like.
	     (l) (Med.) An objective evidence of disease; that is, one
	         appreciable by some one other than the patient.
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	     Note: The terms symptom and and sign are often used
	           synonymously; but they may be discriminated. A sign
	           differs from a symptom in that the latter is perceived
	           only by the patient himself. The term sign is often
	           further restricted to the purely local evidences of
	           disease afforded by direct examination of the organs
	           involved, as distinguished from those evidence of
	           general disturbance afforded by observation of the
	           temperature, pulse, etc. In this sense it is often
	           called physical sign.
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	     (m) (Mus.) Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
	     (n) (Theol.) That which, being external, stands for, or
	         signifies, something internal or spiritual; -- a term
	         used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance
	         considered with reference to that which it represents.
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	               An outward and visible sign of an inward and
	               spiritual grace.                     --Bk. of
	                                                    Common Prayer.
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	     Note: See the Table of {Arbitrary Signs}, p. 1924.
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	     {Sign manual}.
	     (a) (Eng. Law) The royal signature superscribed at the top of
	         bills of grants and letter patent, which are then sealed
	         with the privy signet or great seal, as the case may be,
	         to complete their validity.
	     (b) The signature of one's name in one's own handwriting.
	         --Craig. Tomlins. Wharton.
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	     Syn: Token; mark; note; symptom; indication; signal; symbol;
	          type; omen; prognostic; presage; manifestation. See
	          {Emblem}.
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	  Virgo Vir"go, n. [L. virgo a virgin, the constellation Virgo
	     in the zodiac. See {Virgin}.] (Astron.)
	        (a) A sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the
	            21st of August, marked thus [[Virgo]] in almanacs.
	        (b) A constellation of the zodiac, now occupying chiefly
	            the sign Libra, and containing the bright star Spica.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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