• "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
    "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n importation the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country
    • n importation commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fat is important for the development of children and normal growth
    • Importation That which is imported; commodities or wares introduced into a country from abroad.
    • Importation The act of carrying, conveying, or delivering.
    • Importation The act or practice of importing, or bringing into a country or state; -- opposed to exportation.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.
    • n importation The act or practice of importing, or of bringing in or introducing from another country or state: as, the importation of live stock: opposed to exportation. Importations into the United States can be made only at ports of entry constituted by law. All goods, wares, and merchandise so imported must be entered at a custom-house by presenting a bill of lading, an invoice duly certified by the United States consul at the port of exportation, and a sworn description of the goods by the importer. Entry may be made by an authorized agent or attorney if the importer is sick or absent from the port. If the goods are free of duty, a permit to land is immediately issued, subject to official inspection and verification of the goods. If the goods are dutiable, the duties are estimated at the custom-house and paid in United States coin or equivalent government notes, and a permit is issued to send one or more packages to the appraiser's stores for examination, the residue being delivered to the importer under bond to produce them should the examination of packages show discrepancies. Goods which are appraised and found to be undervalued are subject to an additional duty on the excess, or, in certain cases, to additional duty on the whole appraised value as a penalty. In case of damage on a voyage of importation, an allowance is made by appraisal, and the duties are proportionably abated. Any fraudulent undervaluation or proceeding involves the confiscation of the goods concerned. Goods may be warehoused for three years, and withdrawn on payment of duty, with 10 per cent. added after the first year; they may be exported from a bonded warehouse free, or transported thence in bond to other domestic ports. To certain interior ports goods may be transported in bond, without appraisement, directly from the importing vessel. Upon the exportation of most manufactured fabrics containing materials upon which import duties have been paid, a drawback of such duties, less 10 per cent., is allowed.
    • n importation One who or that which is brought from abroad; a person or thing brought into one country from another: as, the coachman was a recent importation; this umbrella is an importation.
    • n importation The act of carrying or conveying; conveyance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japan is the world's leading importer of iron ore.
    • ns Importation the act of importing: the commodities imported
    • ***


  • Thaddeus Golas
    Thaddeus Golas
    “What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”
  • Karl A. Menninger
    Karl A. Menninger
    “Attitudes are more important than facts.”
  • Paul Davies
    Paul Davies
    “Next, in importance to books are their titles.”
  • Peggy Noonan
    “Read good, big important things.”
  • George Mcgovern
    George Mcgovern
    “The longer the title, the less important the job.”
  • Julius Caesar
    “In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”


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


In literature:

England definitely becomes a corn-importing country.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Several important sees, including Durham and Ely, were vacant.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Either by importation or by purchase from his neighbor.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
This summer produced nothing of importance on the Rhine.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Adiaphora are admitted, but in times of trial declared to be important.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
We want to place especial stress on the importance of three movements in the school of the squad.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The corollaries of this fact are of great importance.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
The total value of the imports in 1905 was L244,000.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The omission is due to the belief that votes for women or anybody else are far less important than their advocates or their opponents assume.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
While every art has its corresponding science, their relation is in some cases of much greater practical importance than in others.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills

In poetry:

Yet, Prudence, still Rein thou my will!
What's most important make most dear!
For 'tis in this Resides true bliss;
True bliss, a deity severe!
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
This is th' important day, that brought
To ev'ry Christian, what he sought,
This is the day, that gave the blow,
Foretold unto our mortal foe!
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
Our hero now two wives had gain'd;
And two important points obtain'd.
For wealth and beauty, Flora sings,
Will weigh down half a score good things.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
He joined the other six with pleasure,
Proud such important men to know,
Agreeing that their first great measure
Should be to shorten the word though.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler
Thus PATCH continued his heroic strain,
While SILLIANDER but contends in vain.
After a conquest so important gain'd,
Unrival'd PATCH in ev'ry ruelle reign'd.
"Tuesday, St. James's Coffee-House" by Mary Wortley Montagu
turned elsewhere with their disappointment as he
was taken away from his life interest
to go back to the earth in London,
an important Jew who died in exile.
"In Memory of Sigmund Freud " by W H Auden

In news:

The Importance Of Medication Adherence Print E-mail.
People are always talking about Chinese imports.
I like Jon Embree's style of setting and publicly announcing important goals for his team.
Relationships were important to Richard Earl "Dick" Tackett.
Stress plays an important part of many health problems.
With so many auditions requiring a monologue to present for an agent or casting director, it's important to have fantastic material.
Fall lawn care is important if you want your yard to look its best next spring.
Actually, I don't really enjoy it, but I think it is important to try and understand viewpoints that are different than mine for the most part.
More importantly, what will happen to his all-female, all-sexy security staff-The Amazonian Guard.
I interrupt this column for an important announcement.
The troupe's current show is called Monsters for the Ethical Treatment of People, and it requires very important outfits.
Those imports will build a stronger economy.
But, votes from another group of citizens are just as important – first-time voters.
Coming off the drought of 2011, and with the uncertainty that there could be drought conditions once again this summer, water conservation is highly important -- and important right now.

In science:

The scientific importance of a positive measurement would be analogous with and comparable to the importance of successful detection of neutrinos from the Sun.
Optical and near-IR observations of SN 1998bw
TTD was originally thought to be such an important energy loss for the waves that the fast mode would not be important for cosmic rays (Schlickeiser 1994, Minter & Spangler 1997, Tsap 2000).
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
Equally important is to study the patterns of the New Physics, which may reveal important clues about flavor dynamics at very high (beyond-LHC) energy scales.
The Physics Case for an e^+ e^- Super B-Factory
As these virtual decay loop effects are believed to be numerically important in charmonium [5,6], it is correspondingly important to improve our understanding of the strong decay couplings that drive these processes.
Charmonium at BES and CLEO-c
Production of W and Z bosons is an important background to studies of the top quark and searches for the Higgs boson and SUSY particles, where detailed understanding of the backgrounds is important.
Tevatron Electroweak Results and Electroweak Summary