Definition of signpost in English:

signpost

noun

  • 1A sign giving information such as the direction and distance to a nearby town, typically found at a crossroads.

    • ‘There's no direction, no definitive signpost telling you how many miles to your next destination.’
    • ‘Carry on between fields to a ruined building and a signpost indicating the way on to Lady Mary's Walk.’
    • ‘The county council did decide to purchase 500 signposts to erect at junctions and dangerous corners.’
    • ‘After leaving Durrow I headed out along the Kilkenny Road and was directed to Attanagh by a road signpost.’
    • ‘Quick Park expects to discuss additional road signage with Fingal County Council shortly, but O'Sullivan said the current lack of commercial road signposts did not pose a problem.’
    • ‘At the end of the road a signpost declares the way: ‘Public Footpath by Gipsy Glen to Yarrow’.’
    • ‘This is one of the many signposts from an old coaching road.’
    • ‘When you see the signpost indicating Lyell it is difficult to believe that this isolated area once was the site of a gold rush.’
    • ‘Earlier in our journey, we'd passed a signpost for Colonia Suiza, a town settled by colonists from Switzerland.’
    • ‘At the end of Holburn Street there is a clear signpost indicating the cycle route to Hornsea.’
    • ‘After a short distance a signpost on the right points out the route to Criffel.’
    • ‘Immediately below the bridge, a path runs leftwards, uphill to a tarmac road where a signpost to Birnam Hill points to the left.’
    • ‘Town traffic and through traffic are already directed by the latest signposts to use Southbroom Road and New Park Street.’
    • ‘Over the past number of years there has been a distinct lack of signposts in Kiltimagh town.’
    • ‘Many strangers are sent off in the wrong direction by signposts which have been ‘changed around’ by some folk with little to do.’
    • ‘To complement the newly refurbished main road through the village, two Victorian-style finger signposts have been erected, one near the summerseat, and the other on North Street car park.’
    • ‘I look past the rain-stained signposts directing the Berkshire motorist towards the delights of Wokingham or Earley.’
    • ‘I mean, there'd been times when I wasn't exactly sure where I was, but there'd always been the inevitable signpost or landmark or town where I could ask directions.’
    • ‘Few things are as distressful as finding oneself lost on the road with no signposts and no one to ask directions.’
    • ‘They claimed signposts had mistakenly diverted traffic down the ‘access only’ street, leaving some residents unable to get out of their drives.’
    notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign
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    1. 1.1Something that acts as guidance or a clue to an unclear or complicated issue.
      ‘there are few unambiguous signposts for doctors facing ethical issues’
      • ‘The minutiae recorded and cataloged by the historian serve as signposts that guide him through the maze of historical events and provide a means of testing out his hypotheses.’
      • ‘The short story goes its way without taking much notice of these signposts.’
      • ‘A recipe is merely a guide, and this book's recipes are full of signposts.’
      • ‘When Parliament is involved in defining terms in legislation of this type, it is really important for it to erect signposts and to give indicators about what words like ‘spiritual’ mean.’
      • ‘Likewise the individual chapters need stronger signposts along the way to guide readers through.’
      • ‘Instead this section will conclude with some signposts indicating how future theoretical, and perhaps more importantly, empirical work might best be orientated.’
      • ‘Guided by the signposts of DNA, we have virtually traveled back in time along the genetic stream, from the present to the ancient past, to the era when some determined bands of people first tamed an ox.’
      • ‘Companions in other words can provide short-cuts to learning, whereas they should be, in principle, providing signposts, which guide the scholar when he or she transacts complex intellectual mazes.’
      • ‘What viewers have learned is that the conventional signposts indicating truth and fiction can no longer be trusted.’
      • ‘All these elements work together as the signposts and traffic lights of language and their abandonment in favour of free-style expression is causing all kinds of disasters.’
      • ‘The volumes of words written about Nirvana are only signposts, directing us to deeply understand the nature of ourselves and our life.’
      • ‘The light commercial vehicle market is slightly down on last year's highs, but the heavy truck market, always a good signpost to economic health, remains buoyant.’
      • ‘Archer, while a great boxer, wasn't a puncher of any description and that knockdown, as clear as any signpost, indicated that it was time for Sugar Ray to quit.’
      • ‘However, he has also acknowledged ‘I think music can sometimes steer the audience into a way of looking at a scene, as a kind of signpost along the road’.’
      • ‘If you've decided on a new career but you're not sure if it's the right direction for you, just look for the signposts.’
      • ‘They prevent time from obliterating the worst of the past and provide signposts that can guide us away from making the same mistakes again.’
      • ‘These markers are used as signposts to mark the abnormal gene or the abnormal chromosome.’
      • ‘The Stone Roses were a supernova, their debut album a bright flash in the pop universe that remains a signpost and a favorite more than 15 years later.’
      • ‘Taxonomies are signposts, indicating what is known and what has yet to be discovered.’
      • ‘The facts, so far as they can be established, are signposts on the road to a conclusion on the issues; they are not themselves conclusions.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Provide (an area) with a signpost or signposts.

    ‘most of the walks were well signposted’
    • ‘An alternative route via Potato Market and Kennedy Avenue will be signposted.’
    • ‘Proceed by this narrow road towards the forestry plantation, arriving at an obvious car park, where the route to the falls is signposted.’
    • ‘The Clyde Valley Tourist route is signposted from Hamilton in the north to Abington in the south and follows the course of the river as it meanders past some of Scotland's most popular tourist towns.’
    • ‘The park is signposted throughout and illustrates plants and wildlife through words and pictures.’
    • ‘Access to the picnic area is at the main entrance to the woodlands, at Belleek, and the route will be signposted.’
    • ‘The company liaised with Leeds City Council to enable the A64M slip road next to the site to be closed and arranged for a diversion to be signposted to ensure motorists were not inconvenienced.’
    • ‘All of these changes will be signposted to help drivers.’
    • ‘The Czech, Slovak and Hungarian mountains and countryside are well signposted for walkers and drivers.’
    • ‘A number of road closures will be in place from midnight on Thursday, March 11, and the diversions will be signposted.’
    • ‘The route will be clearly signposted and it is planned that artworks will feature on off-road sections, an idea promoted by national cycle route charity Sustrans.’
    • ‘The walk will be well signposted and there will be plenty of help for those who cannot complete the walk.’
    • ‘The main public entrance on the east side is signposted by a huge canopy that draws visitors into a long, vaulted undercroft containing an exhibition space, cafe and shop.’
    • ‘The courses are signposted and marshalled, and there will be regular checkpoints with refreshments available.’
    • ‘It's a relatively short walk, is well signposted, and the quality of the view is out of all proportion to the minimum effort required to climb up there.’
    • ‘The event will be signposted from Master McGrath's statue on the Lismore to Waterford road.’
    • ‘The area will be well signposted and tour guides will assist members of the public.’
    • ‘Other business leaders said Bolton is badly signposted, with visitors from the North often being misdirected by signs at Kearsley roundabout, and little or no signs in the centre itself.’
    • ‘Car parking will be signposted well in advance of entrance to the venue.’
    • ‘The reef is just a few metres from the shore and you can take a car and shore-dive most of the sites, each of which is clearly signposted with yellow stones.’
    • ‘Once at the ground everything is clearly signposted and there are dozens of stewards and officials pointing fans in the right direction.’
    1. 1.1British Indicate (a place or feature) with a signpost.
      ‘Battle is clearly signposted off all the main roads’
      • ‘A well worn path led towards the small town prominently signposted The Great Poet's Cottage, while another path in the other direction led to The Suburbs, amongst other places.’
      • ‘Malham is signposted and reached by minor lanes north of the A65 at Hellifield (between Settle and Gargrave).’
      • ‘She said people had been contacting her initially with an email or telephone call; the next step was to establish how best she could assist, whether it was helping to signpost people in the right direction or to fill out an application form.’
      • ‘The National Glass Centre is signposted from A19 from York, and also easily accessible by rail.’
      • ‘If the bureau cannot offer direct help and advice, they can signpost people to the relevant statutory or specialist bodies to offer assistance.’
      • ‘Yet the problem seems to have been clearly signposted in her department back to September last year.’
      • ‘She signposts areas where evidence is lacking and spotlights the more fanciful assumptions.’
      • ‘The museum is clearly signposted on roads into York.’
      • ‘Follow the narrow road past Gavieside Nursery, and the entrance to Allandale Tarn is clearly signposted on the right.’
      • ‘Once there, Raemoir is clearly signposted before you hit the town centre - the tiny hamlet is about two miles outside Banchory.’
      • ‘The reservoir is signposted on the Holmfirth Road, east of Greenfield village.’
      • ‘Roadford Reservoir is clearly signposted from the A30.’
      • ‘In each of the chapters the subsections are well signposted and the contents flow comfortably from one topic to another.’
      • ‘Alfian agreed, but he signposted the missing scenes with leitmotifs and distributed to the audience the excised portions of the script.’
      • ‘The Ballyhoura mountain range is the most popular local venue for hill walking and Griston Bog is signposted in Ballylanders.’
      • ‘Before signposting some alternative policy approaches, let me throw some cold water on the doom and gloom predictions as they stand.’
      • ‘The hotel is a mile further to the right and the driveway is clearly signposted.’
      • ‘Despite the roadworks on the A360 visitors can reach the vineyard from the West Lavington crossroads where the vineyard is signposted.’
      • ‘Areas where first aid can be received will be clearly signposted.’
      • ‘Sites promoted as tourist attractions are usually signposted from main roads; look out for brown-coloured ‘tourist signs’.’

Pronunciation:

signpost

/ˈsīnˌpōst/