conventional sign

con·ven·tion·al sign

Any of various signs, such as words or symbols, that acquire their function through linguistic custom.
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"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?" So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply "They are merely conventional signs!
An academic study found that only 38 per cent of people saw a conventional sign during a perceived emergency in an unfamiliar built environment.
These models are collected around ten areas of relevance for both fields, forming separate chapters: Sounding, Spot Elevation, Isobath/Contour, Hachure/Hatch, Shaded Relief, Land Classification, Figure-Ground, Stratigraphic Column, Cross Section, Line Symbol and Conventional Sign.
The authors cover the following modes through comparing and contrasting them: sounding, spot elevation, isobath, contour, hachure, hatch, shaded relief, land classification, figure-ground, stratigraphic column, cross section, line symbol, and conventional sign over the course of the bookAEs ten chapters.
On the other hand, deaf people who acquire conventional sign language as children can learn the meaning of large numbers.
Yet the emotional and psychological qualities for which "reality" was employed in the work of these earlier artists have here been taken past the limits of their conventional sign value.
As well as that unfathomable managerial semaphore of waving arms on the touchline, Holloway had to learn conventional sign language to communicate with them.
This makes the projects look like conventional sign systems--with a difference.
Subordination thus appears to be the mental act of assigning to a conventional sign the signification of the corresponding concept.
A dark cloak or mantle (worn over other garments) was a conventional sign of mourning or sorrow (OLD s.v.
From the fact that the characteristics of a sign are affected by convention it does not follow that the sign is a conventional sign. A sign is conventional only if there is a convention which determines its meaning.
Starting with pictographic symbols, the Sumerians later used conventional signs, writing and transferring them on soft clay tablets using a stylus.

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