Definition of unsigned in US English:



  • 1Not identified or authorized by a person's signature.

    ‘an unsigned check’
    • ‘Because the report was unsigned, there was no way to determine its authorship.’
    • ‘The state intends proving that Shaik was the author of the unsigned letter that was sent to Saad because it looks like the draft copy found in his office.’
    • ‘Until 1974 most of the articles and all of the reviews in the TLS were unsigned, but when John Gross was appointed editor that year the issue of whether reviewers should be identified was resurrected.’
    • ‘It was John Gross who in 1974, the first year of his tenure at the magazine, put paid to the unsigned columns and thus made the most visible of all changes in the paper's presentation.’
    • ‘The letter was unsigned and the true author of the letter was not revealed publicly until Kepler did so 50 years later.’
    • ‘New lacquer signatures have also been noted on originally unsigned pieces.’
    • ‘It is unsigned and has no mark of identity but the initials A. B., and the date 16 -, the year after her marriage.’
    • ‘However, he ruled an unsigned form was admissible as ‘evidence of a confession’ if it could properly be inferred the form ‘is completed by a defendant’.’
    • ‘Likewise, it is permissible for the nurse to obtain the patient's signature on a previously unsigned consent form and then to witness that consent.’
    • ‘She opened the legal document and inside was an offer to purchase from a company called Oceanside resorts, and an unsigned check for 20 million dollars.’
    • ‘Madison receives an unsigned note, but how she suggests she find the author surprises all’
    • ‘The unsigned letter in the Weekender exhorts Martin Cadden to get the facts regarding who was or was not responsible for the introduction of service charges.’
    • ‘This may come as a surprise, but the Professor has already written a cheque: an unsigned one for the generous sum of two cents.’
    • ‘When he writes under his own byline, McGurn's views on economics are just as conservative as, and even more quirky than, The Wall Street Journal's unsigned editorials.’
    • ‘As tensions festered among Republicans, Democratic aides passed out an unsigned one-page memorandum that they said had been distributed to Senate Republicans.’
    • ‘On April 1, The Globe and Mail reported that an unsigned memo recommended the city request that the province exempt any new technology they selected from an individual environmental assessment.’
    • ‘But enough transactions were made for more than US $3.5 m to be debited from current accounts, mostly through unsigned paper cheques.’
    • ‘Initial difficulties in identifying the unsigned painting were made worse by some bad restorative work, which blurred the distinctive Van Gogh style.’
    • ‘Mr Burnham is furious that an unsigned leaflet was posted to residents in the Pennington area last Thursday night - which he believes could jeopardise the proposed £75 million project.’
    • ‘For 239 admissions no approach for signature was made; 75 forms were returned unsigned and 164 forms were not returned.’
    unattributed, unattested, uncredited
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    1. 1.1 (of a musician or sports player) not having signed a contract of employment.
      • ‘Says Simon: ‘The whole reason is to showcase unsigned talent and the response we've got has been absolutely phenomenal.’’
      • ‘Basically I noticed a problem for local unsigned musicians: it's really hard to promote yourself to a wider audience in the local area.’
      • ‘We want to give unsigned bands a chance to show what they can do - and give audiences good live music.’
      • ‘This site, set up by the enterprising Gareth Johnson, contains details of close on 500 unsigned Welsh bands and, as 20, 500 hits so far have proved, it's well worth a visit.’
      • ‘What if you took the $300,000 and gave $3000 each to help a hundred struggling painters or first-time novelists or unsigned musicians?’
      • ‘Voted one of the UK's best unsigned bands by Kerrang magazine, the band, as well as performing their own material, are widely regarded as leading interpreters of the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top.’
      • ‘Although PG Tim Hardaway remains unsigned, all signs point to him being on the roster.’
      • ‘December 20: The last day for teams to offer 2006 contracts to unsigned players.’
      • ‘‘It was an idea I'd had for a while to make a CD of local unsigned musicians and give the profits to charity; and I realised if I wanted to do I should just get on with it,’ said Dave.’
      • ‘The fast-rising Bolton band are among a host of signed and unsigned bands playing 50 Manchester venues at an event which previously led to stars such as Coldplay and Elbow, from Bury, landing record deals.’
      • ‘Even unsigned musicians are sending in their songs and using high scores from the company to help them get a record deal.’
      • ‘Lots of unsigned bands had their contracts cancelled.’
      • ‘Seek written authorisation from any unsigned bands you play.’
      • ‘According to the players' association, more than 150 players were unsigned when the lockout began.’
      • ‘Download-only singles are also great for fans, who get easy, quick and cheap access to new tracks by their favourite bands, and for unsigned acts, who can get their tracks heard on the internet before signing a recording contract.’
      • ‘What does free music mean for the established artists as opposed to the legions of unsigned bands currently clogging up the web?’
      • ‘Simon is working on his stamina after missing the preseason as the Eagles' unsigned franchise player.’
      • ‘The new luxury tax is not the only reason so many quality players are still unsigned.’
      • ‘The awards are open to both signed and unsigned artists and earn their title from the sole criterion that the music must fuse together various forms such as voice, traditional instruments, dance tracks, hip-hop and guitar.’
      • ‘These events will feature the best of the borough's unsigned bands with three or four playing at each gig.’
  • 2Computing Mathematics
    Not having a plus or minus sign, or a bit representing this.

    • ‘At times, it is necessary to coerce an unsigned integer from one type to another, resulting in a change in the number of bits used to represent the number.’
    • ‘As you might imagine, an unsigned integer is either positive or zero.’
    • ‘Here is how this four byte sequence is interpreted as an unsigned integer under the two ordering conventions.’