significance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n significance the quality of being significant "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
    • n significance a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred "the significance of his remark became clear only later","the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"
    • n significance the message that is intended or expressed or signified "what is the meaning of this sentence","the significance of a red traffic light","the signification of Chinese characters","the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: British scientists have found evidence that heart attacks increase significantly for people who watch soccer penalty shoot-outs
    • Significance Importance; moment; weight; consequence. "With this brain I must work, in order to give significancy and value to the few facts which I possess."
    • Significance That which is signified; meaning; import; as, the significance of a nod, of a motion of the hand, or of a word or expression.
    • Significance The quality or state of being significant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mountain Dew does reduce your sperm count significantly.
    • n significance That which, is signified; purport; covert sense; real or implied meaning; that which may be inferred in regard to any state of things from any circumstance: as, the significance of a metaphor, of a chance remark, of a look, of behavior.
    • n significance Importance; move strictly, importance as significative of something interesting, but also, frequently, importance as affecting considerable interests: as, the great significance of many small things.
    • n significance The character of being significant; force of meaning; distinct signification; expressiveness. Synonyms Significance, Signification, Meaning, Meaning is the most general; it may apply to persons, but not the other words: as, what was his meaning? Signification is closer than significance; significance is especially the quality of signifying something, while signification is generally that which is signified: as, he attached a great deal of significance to this fact; what is the signification of D. C. L.?
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Significantly more black women die from heart disease than any other group.
    • n Significance that which is signified: meaning: importance: moment—also Signif′icancy
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Quotations

  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.”
  • Louis L. Mann
    Louis L. Mann
    “What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.”
  • James Newman
    James Newman
    “You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile, significant person even though your present circumstances may have you feeling otherwise.”
  • Pablo Casals
    Pablo Casals
    “I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important”
  • Sheldon Kopp
    Sheldon Kopp
    “All of the significant battles are waged within the self.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. significantia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. significāre, -ātum, signum, a sign, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

She must by now have become aware of his correspondence with Karen and its significant continuity.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
It was something more significant.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
As to its value and significance, that every reader must determine for himself.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
Another later symbolism, which was adopted by certain philosophies, was more obscure but was none the less of distinct sexual significance.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
They have felt that if the spirit informs all, then all must have individual significance.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
I can perceive and appreciate its wonderful significance only in part.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
On the other hand, well do I know the significance of that love, the significance and the cause.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
One cannot easily escape the conclusion that the case was deemed one of unusual significance.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
It is because these periods were exceptionally significant.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
He clutched her significantly.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

Trope that itself not scans
Its huge significance,
Which tries
Cherubic eyes.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
Of such the kingdom!--Teach Thou us,
O-Master most divine,
To feel the deep significance
Of these wise words of Thine!
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What is the real significance
Of thine unchanging smile?
Hast thou the secret consciousness
That grief is not worth while?
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard
Anon she darteth glance
Athwart averted shoulder;
But when encouraged I advance,
Asudden waxing colder,
Her gaze lacks all significance.
"Grata Juventas" by Alfred Austin
She said, as she play'd with her vigilant bird,
"Thy name be Anglama, then best of thy kind:"
Anglama to her a significant word,
Express'd all the light of a luminous mind.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
In vain the glory of the brow where proudly swell above
The growing horns, significant of battle and of love;
For in thy honor he shall die,--the offspring of the herd,--
And with his crimson life-blood thy cold waters shall be stirred.
"To The Fountain Of Bandusia" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Understanding how antioxidants work, why they work, and better yet, what they do for us can significantly change the way we approach food, and appreciate how powerful the synergy of certain foods can be in our body.
Best Architecturally Significant Hospital Threatened With Destruction That Looks a Lot Like a Certain New Architecturally Significant Chicago Hospital.
A significant challenge facing supermarkets with pharmacy operations today is to maintain the thinning ranks of supermarket pharmacists, John Beckner, director of pharmacy and whole health at Ukrop's Super Markets, Richmond, Va.
An inventory of significant trees in the downtown area.
Better data analyis and process control are providing significant benefits.
'Significant' ankle injury shelves JMU QB Birdsong .
In the decades following passage of the 1969 law, rates of the disease dropped significantly.
"He's a very smart person and committed a very significant, disgusting, disturbing act," said Sheboygan County Assistant District Attorney Joel Urmanski.
Bluejay softball will show 'significant improvement'.
In recognition of this significant we are putting together a documentary chronicling the race- do you want to be a part of it.
Albert Lea and Freeborn County have significant historical connections with other localities in both Europe and North America.
Senate Republicans' slate of candidates this November could have a significant business flavor.
Joffe said he was aware of the significance of the property and its historicity.
City Editor Steven T Jones on where to get rowdy, dramatic, and/or historically significant for Election 2012.
Despite a heavy snow pack in Upper parts of the Des Moines river basin, no significant flooding is expected in Marion County.
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In science:

In this paper we used simplified model of plasma which may be significantly improved.
Influence of Random Irregularities on Quasi-Thermal Noise Spectrum of Plasma
Electrons are also scattered by charges in the nuclei with no significant energy loss .
An efficient photoelectric X-ray Polarimeter for the study of Black Holes and Neutron Stars
As d increases the α-interval where there is a significant difference between curves with different N get smaller and smaller.
Random Geometric Graphs
Our simulations show that for α significantly below αc the distribution is approximately exponential.
Random Geometric Graphs
This similarity was, at that time, the single reason to assign the significance of imprecision in measuring an observable to the second order symmetric moment of it, i.e. ∆A, ∆B .
Outline for a formal general theory of physical measurements
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