important

Definitions

  • "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
    "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj important of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis "a crucial moment in his career","a crucial election","a crucial issue for women"
    • adj important of great significance or value "important people","the important questions of the day"
    • adj important having or suggesting a consciousness of high position "recited the decree with an important air","took long important strides in the direction of his office"
    • adj important having authority or ascendancy or influence "an important official","the captain's authoritative manner"
    • adj important important in effect or meaning "a significant change in tax laws","a significant change in the Constitution","a significant contribution","significant details","statistically significant"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

IMPORTANT MEETING OF SMOKE MAKERS IMPORTANT MEETING OF SMOKE MAKERS
AN IMPORTANT CLUE—MEASURING FOOTSTEPS AN IMPORTANT CLUE—MEASURING FOOTSTEPS
The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England
Earthenware vessels used for the storage of foods. Some were made at Jamestown, some were imported from England Earthenware vessels used for the storage of foods. Some were made at Jamestown, some were imported from England
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTERNALS THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTERNALS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fat is important for the development of children and normal growth
    • Important Bearing on; forcible; driving. "He fiercely at him flew,
      And with important outrage him assailed."
    • Important Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable content or bearing; significant; weighty. "Things small as nothing . . . He makes important ."
    • Important Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious. "Thou hast strength as much
      As serves to execute a mind very important ."
    • Important Importunate; pressing; urgent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1990, over 4 billion dollars of coffee was imported into the United States.
    • important Of much import; bearing weight or consequence; momentous; grave; significant.
    • important Consequential; pretentious; pompous: as, an important manner.
    • important [Appar. confused with importunate. Cf. importunate, 1.] Importunate; eager; pressing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japan is the world's leading importer of iron ore.
    • adj Important of great import or consequence: momentous: pompous
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Quotations

  • Arthur E. Morgan
    Arthur E. Morgan
    “Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
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    “Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
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    “It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.”
  • E. R. Stettinius
    E. R. Stettinius
    “Happiness has many roots, but none more important than security.”
  • Henry Jacobsen
    Henry Jacobsen
    “Whatever your job, it is important if it is what God wants you to do.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. important,. See Import (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. importāre, -ātumin, in, portāre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

It is an important one, and one which must be met.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
It is this fact that gives the town of Kabul its great strategic importance.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Experiment showing the importance of bee-bread to a colony, 90.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
DR. MORRIS: I think that is a very important point.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
The ancient writers mention many other Greek painters, but none as important as those of whom we have spoken.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement
We should remember that while what we earn is important, there are other considerations as important.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Few important things were brewing at Washington of which they did not get an inkling.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Both Pitt and Choiseul held the fisheries question to be of prime importance.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Next to the sculpture, the metal work of the Assyrians was the most important of their arts.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
I have already noticed the importance of the Quaker share in the various philanthropic movements of the time.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
The most important point of departure in astronomy.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Importance of observation; training of recruit.= The ability to use his eyes accurately is of great importance to the soldier.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The importance of these results is evident in explaining an old puzzle in agriculture, viz.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The note circulation was always an important item in the Scottish banks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Re-incarnation is of little importance in Greek philosophy.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
In regard to importation, he said that Scribner would be very glad to import a book if he were requested to do so.
"Arguments before the Committee on Patents of the House of Representatives, conjointly with the Senate Committee on Patents, on H.R. 19853, to amend and consolidate the acts respecting copyright" by United States Committee on Patents
The only important tributaries are the Delije Irmak on the right and the Geuk Irmak on the left bank.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various
No important streams or harbors are found along this cheerless coast.
"Biblical Geography and History" by Charles Foster Kent
There is important sturgeon fishing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
Phosphorus, iron, and calcium are very important elements, but we do not need them in very large quantities.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
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In poetry:

Only these stones to tell
The deadly strife,
The all-important schemes,
The greed for life.
"Burial Stones" by Frank Prewett
Why — can anybody say? —
Has upon my natal day
Nothing ever taken place
Of importance to the race?
"A Complaint" by Cicely Fox Smith
He searches all night.
He hears a bleat.
He climbs down the cliff to save the lamb.
Each one is important to him.
"The Sheperd Hunts a Lost Lamb" by Doris Clore Demaree
And of you the sign now, surely, of a gross
perpetuity
(which is not reluctant, or if it is,
it is no longer important.
"A Song" by Robert Creeley
Paracelsus.
Listen, therefore, Festus!
There will be time enough, but none to spare.
I must content myself with telling only
The most important points. You doubtless feel
That I am happy, Festus; very happy.
"Paracelsus: Part V: Paracelsus Attains" by Robert Browning
These are important facts to know,
I wonder how they slipped the pen
Of him who wrote the story, so
I wonder at the taste of men
Who wrote for future ages thus to spoil
A tale to save time, paper, ink or oil.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott

In news:

The work going on there is important for the agriculture economy and critical for the emerging crop of growers trying to specialize in exotic and specialty varieties.
Obviously one of the most important factors in landing a scholarship to play football for a major Division-1 program is having the skills to perform on the field with the ability to get it done in the classroom as well.
Even with talk of air attack , run game still important tonight.
Even with all of the talk of USC's passing attack, the most important aspect of tonight's game is going to be the run game, for both teams.
Most motorhome owners understand the importance of maintaining proper tire inflation pressure.
Assessment of ventilatory variables in survival prediction of patients with chronic airflow obstruction the importance of reversibility.
Geography has always played an important role in Calexico's music.
The Pulitzer-winning author discusses the role of literature in moments of upheaval, the importance of women's rights, and more.
As I write in my Bloomberg View column this week, I only wish he would turn to more important issues -- issues that truly could alienate American Jews from the Jewish state.
One of the most important principles is alignment .
They are definitely one of the most important bands I have started listening to in the last couple of years.
Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest.
In case you haven't gotten the word yet, this is the most important presidential election of your lifetime.
Rebels begin all-important practices for Canada exhibition tour on Saturday.
But recently, imports from the Persian Gulf countries have been rising, replacing imports from other countries, particularly Mexico.
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In science:

It is a reasonable intuition that the importance of a random walk tra jectory depends on the importance of the initial and final vertices.
Maximal-entropy random walk unifies centrality measures
It seems that the problem of calculating centrality by employing the transition matrix becomes self-consistent (importance calculated from paths, whose weights depend on the importance), thus, gets rid of arbitrariness.
Maximal-entropy random walk unifies centrality measures
The most important feature of the finite sample analysis is that we introduce a new assumption (B4), where the number of unlabeled examples N plays an important role to bound the eigengap.
A Simple Algorithm for Semi-supervised Learning with Improved Generalization Error Bound
Thus, while we can identify an important thermal instability in the halo that can in principle supply significant cold gas to the disc, it is unclear how important it is with respect to other mechanisms like gas rich mergers, low-redshift cold streams, and gas recycling from stars in the disc.
Thermal instabilities in cooling galactic coronae: fuelling star formation in galactic discs
This surprising phenomenon is called inattentional blindness – the fact that when you are paying attention to one thing you think is important, you may miss other important things.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
On the other hand, there is a danger of losing some important solution as well as inability for this scheme to find transient regimes which can also be important.
Cosmological dynamics of non-minimally coupled scalar field system and its late time cosmic relevance
Although much insight has already been gained on the nature and importance of quantum mechanical calculations that go beyond these approximations, including full and partial quantum correlations [20, 21], some important features of clocked QCA systems remain unreported.
Consequences of Many-cell Correlations in Treating Clocked Quantum-dot Cellular Automata Circuits
Our analysis of 2lFW with non-linear fitness functions highlights the importance of combining group-centric with gene-centric perspectives, and shows that group selection can be an important force in evolution under realistic conditions.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
Over the years, important results have started revealing their full potential, by providing many examples and counter-examples to support and refute important conjectures in group theory, as the existence of groups of intermediate growth (Milnor problem) or the existence of infinite torsion groups (Burnside problem).
The finiteness of a group generated by a 2-letter invertible-reversible Mealy automaton is decidable
It is seen that string theory [10-15] works very well at large d istances where gravity becomes important as well as at small distances where quantum mechanics is important.
String theory: big problem for small size
Although the embedding of F into Euclidean space has been important for its construction, it will not be particularly important in what follows.
Local limit theorems for sequences of simple random walks on graphs
There is, however, an important deficiency of the conventional relativistic kinetic framework: it misses the effect of triangle anomalies [2, 3] — an important feature of relativistic quantum field theories.
Kinetic theory with Berry curvature from quantum field theories
Although bias is an important and widely used measure for the performance of the TRNGs, we shall demonstrate shortly that the higher order statistics of the binary sequence could play a more important role.
A Framework for Investigating the Performance of Chaotic-Map Truly Random Number Generators
It is important to note, however, that the use of first-order logic has important consequences when attempting to model physical phenomena, because FOL is not powerful enough to characterise the real number field, R – the numbers typically used to represent coordinates, masses, and so forth, in physical models.
Using Isabelle to verify special relativity, with application to hypercomputation theory
The excess of a graph is of principal importance at the critical point, but a secondary concept called deficiency becomes important shortly thereafter. A graph with deficiency 0 is called “clean”; such graphs are obtained from 3-regular graphs by splitting edges and/or by attaching trees to vertices of cycles.
The birth of the giant component
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