Significant figures

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Significant figures (Arith) the figures which remain to any number, or decimal fraction, after the ciphers at the right or left are canceled. Thus, the significant figures of 25,000, or of .0025, are 25.
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Usage

In literature:

In view of what we knew, the bonfire at our camp and the small figure across the river took on a new significance.
"Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
It seemed to him that Cowperwood was probably destined to become a significant figure.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
Nature wears this air of impartiality, because her figures are only zeros, deriving all their significance from their position.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
David almost breaks me down under the weight of his strong and significant figures.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Carrying on its surface so much beauty and significance, it is naturally attractive to all figure painters.
"The Madonna in Art" by Estelle M. Hurll
A figure like this may have a mathematical but certainly has no psychological significance.
"The Florentine Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
The significance of these figures is seen when the statement is made that it usually takes two per cent.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Of the special examples of great figure sculpture in England the facade at Wells is usually considered the most significant.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
The man, with a significant motion of his finger toward the lone figure of the girl, drew nearer and the boys gathered about him.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
The significance of such figures in natural selection must be evident.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
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In news:

Andy Grove has been one of the most significant figures in technology for more than three decades.
Having been a significant figure in Oklahoma State's rise to national football prominence, 11-year Cowboy assistant Joe DeForest says he submitted his resignation to head coach Mike Gundy on Wednesday.
We currently rank fifth among US states in production of electricity from nuclear power, and we can increase that figure significantly.
Naturally Nude is significant because it's the only show in Jackson that highlights the nude figure.
Getty Images Dan Uggla and Omar Infante figure to both make significant impacts on their new lineups in 2011.
Let's look at some significant AFC West figures.
Richard was a central figure in the United States' overall effort, and his sudden death is a significant blow to it.
But perhaps the most significant figure for atheists remains Charles Darwin, who didn't call himself an atheist but rather an agnostic, someone who believes God's existence is unknowable.
The number of students caught cheating at Queen's University has undergone a significant rise in the last year, new figures show.
"No dredging ever until you guys figure out how to deal with these significant impacts," he said.
Marvin Miller, "arguably the most significant figure in 20th century baseball" according to Morning Edition commentator Frank Deford, has died.
Figures released this week show airline travel and hotel stays are down significantly.
Linda Ayerza, a retired school counselor, begins to cry as guest speaker Keith Hawkins from Real Inspirations Inc describes her as a "significant figure" in his life Friday during a motivational speech at Camarillo High School.
As conservatives study the election data in order to figure out what went wrong, they need to focus on overcoming the significant trust issues that women have with the GOP.
One of the most significant figures in Twin Cities arts philanthropy has died.
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In science:

At rAB =3, the interaction energy converges to 6 significant figures but at shorter separation, no more than 4 figures are reliable.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
According to Figure 5.2.3.10 all SWR plots generally increase and in particular SWR(50) is exceeding the value of 9 for a great range of elongation steps while SWR(300) produces a significant, almost unitary, minimal at the 6th elongation step.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
According to the above variations the normalized radiation intensities don’t produce any significant maximum at the whole range of elongation steps, as depicted in Figure 5.2.4.7.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
The significant difference between these two numbers and inconsistency on the size of the corpus in Figure 1 state that web-based tools are not usable to develop domain-specific corpora.
A Corpus-based Evaluation of a Domain-specific Text to Knowledge Mapping Prototype
Figure 1: The pin layout of a parallel port and their significance.
Threadbare Parallel Port DAQ Card
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