III. MEANS OF COMMUNICATING IDEAS
1. Natural Means
[means of recognition] lineament, feature, trait, characteristic, diagnostic; divining rod; cloven hoof; footfall.
sign, symbol; index, indice, indicator; point, pointer; exponent, note, token, symptom; dollar mark.
type, figure, emblem, cipher, device; representation [more]; epigraph, motto, posy.
gesture, gesticulation; pantomime; wink, glance, leer; nod, shrug, beck; touch, nudge; dactylology, dactylonomy; freemasonry, telegraphy, chirology, byplay, dumb show; cue; hint [more]; clue, clew, key, scent.
signal, signal post; rocket, blue light; watch fire, watch tower; telegraph, semaphore, flagstaff; cresset, fiery cross; calumet; heliograph; guidon; headlight.
mark, scratch, line, stroke, dash, score, stripe, streak, tick, dot, point, notch, nick; asterisk, red letter, italics, sublineation, underlining, jotting; print; imprint, impress, impression; note, annotation; blaze, cedilla, guillemets, hachure; quotation marks, tilde.
[For identification] badge, criterion; countercheck, countermark, countersign, counterfoil; duplicate, tally; label, ticket, billet, letter, counter, check, chip, chop; dib; totem; tessera, card, bill; witness, voucher; stamp; cachet; trademark, hallmark; signature, autograph, autography; attestation; hand, handwriting, sign manual; cipher; seal, sigil, signet; paraph, brand; superscription; indorsement, endorsement; title, heading, docket; mot de passe, mot du guet; pass-parole; shibboleth; password, watchword, catchword; address card, visiting card; carte de visite; credentials (evidence) [more]; open sesame; timbrology.
insignia; banner, banneret, bannerol; bandrol; flag, colors, streamer, standard, eagle, labarum, oriflamb, oriflamme; figurehead; ensign; pennon, pennant, pendant; burgee, blue Peter, jack, ancient, gonfalon, union jack; banderole, "old glory" [U.S.], quarantine flag; vexillum; yellow-flag, yellow jack; tricolor, stars and stripes; bunting.
heraldry, crest; coat of arms, arms; armorial bearings, hatchment; escutcheon, scutcheon; shield, supporters; livery, uniform; cockade, epaulet, chevron; garland, love knot, favor.
[Of locality] beacon, cairn, post, staff, flagstaff, hand, pointer, vane, cock, weathercock; guidepost, handpost, fingerpost, directing post, signpost; pillars of Hercules, pharos; bale-fire, beacon-fire; l'etoile du Nord; landmark, seamark; lighthouse, balize; polestar, loadstar, lodestar; cynosure, guide; address, direction, name; sign, signboard.
[Of quantity] gauge [more].
[Of distance] milestone, milepost.
[Of disgrace] brand, fool's cap.
[For detection] check, telltale; test (experiment) [more]; mileage ticket; milliary.
word of command, call; bugle call, trumpet call; bell, alarum, cry; battle cry, rallying cry; angelus; reveille; sacring bell, sanctus bell.
[Verbs] indicate; be the sign of; denote, betoken; argue, testify (evidence) [more]; bear the impress of; connote, connotate.
represent, stand for; typify (prefigure) [more]; symbolize.
put an indication, put a mark; note, mark, stamp, earmark; blaze; label, ticket, docket; dot, spot, score, dash, trace, chalk; print; imprint, impress; engrave, stereotype.
make a sign signalize; underscore; give a signal, hang out a signal; beckon; nod; wink, glance, leer, nudge, shrug, tip the wink; gesticulate; raise the finger, hold up the finger, raise the hand, hold up the hand; saw the air, "suit the action to the word" [Hamlet].
wave a banner, unfurl a banner, hoist a banner, hang out a banner; wave the hand, wave a kerchief; give the cue (inform) [more]; show one's colors; give an alarm, sound an alarm; beat the drum, sound the trumpets, raise a cry.
[Adjectives] indicating, indicative, indicatory; denotative, connotative; diacritical, representative, typical, symbolic, pantomimic, pathognomonic, symptomatic, characteristic, demonstrative, diagnostic, exponential, emblematic, armorial; individual (special) [more].
known by, recognizable by; indicated; pointed, marked.
[Capable of being denoted] denotable; indelible.