signify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v signify denote or connote "`maison' means `house' in French","An example sentence would show what this word means"
    • v signify convey or express a meaning "These words mean nothing to me!","What does his strange behavior signify?"
    • v signify make known with a word or signal "He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy.
    • Signify To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken. "He bade her tell him what it signified .""A tale
      Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing."
    • Signify To show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional token, as words, gestures, signals, or the like; to announce; to make known; to declare; to express; as, a signified his desire to be present. "I 'll to the king; and signify to him
      That thus I have resign'd my charge to you."
      "The government should signify to the Protestants of Ireland that want of silver is not to be remedied."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • signify To be a sign or token of (a fact or pretended fact); represent or suggest, either naturally or conventionally; betoken; mean.
    • signify To import, in the Paracelsian sense. See signature, 2.
    • signify To import relatively; have the purport or bearing of; matter in regard to (something expressed or implied): as, that signifies little or nothing to us; it signifies much.
    • signify To make known by signs, speech, or action; communicate; give notice of; announce; declare.
    • signify To exhibit as a sign or representation; make as a similitude.
    • signify Synonyms To manifest, intimate, denote, imply, indicate.
    • signify To have import or meaning; be of consequence; matter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The gesture of a nose tap, in Britain, means secrecy or confidentiality. In Italy, a tap to the nose signifies a friendly warning.
    • v.t Signify sig′ni-fī to make known by a sign or by words: to mean: to indicate or declare: to have consequence
    • v.i Signify to be of consequence:—pa.t. and pa.p. sig′nifīed
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Quotations

  • Joseph Heller
    Joseph Heller
    “Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “A beard signifies lice, not brains.”
  • Germaine De Stael
    Germaine De Stael
    “The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.”
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra%20Pound
    “I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify. I left as soon as motion was autarchic -- I mean my motion.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Life It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. signifier, L. significare,; signum, a sign + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Sign (n.), and -fy

Usage

In literature:

I think, but am not certain, this look also signified: Would-be Lovelace!
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
The "seven lamps of fire burning before the throne" are said to signify the seven spirits of God.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
It is clear, however, that the woman signifies, not a single individual, but the church.
"The Last Reformation" by F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
This he found, and signified the same by signal.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
It is used to signify divers things: as, 1.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
The word is used in both senses, and also to signify a picture.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume II" by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
I suppose you know that the name of one of their gods, Beelzebub, signifies the Lord of Flies.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
The third sort they call Connameia, signifying a blind Bee.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox
What did my tears signify to any one?
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
As a symbol it generally signifies organized society, over which the Most High presides.
"Notes On The Apocalypse" by David Steele
The gesture of double curves signifies power.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
BIFROST, BIF-RAUST, the Tremulous-bridge of the Aerial-bridge, signifying also aerial: a certain space, a mile, a rest.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
It can't signify so very much to anybody.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
What could heart wounds signify to him, or hurt feelings?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Thus "Adam" signifies a man of, or taken out of, the red earth.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Though the Jews and Turks ridicule our doctrine, as if we taught the existence of three brothers in heaven, it does not signify.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Then she must turn the cup over, so that no water remains, for drops of water in the teagrounds signify tears.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
But its fall or its successful defense now will signify nothing.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
If we were not related, it would not signify; but as cousins, she would feel scrupulous as to any proposal of ours.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Fancy formerly signified imagination, and the term was used simply to express that faculty of the soul which receives sensible objects.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

A fragment from a wreck I lie,
tossed by a cruel tempest frothing;
alone; I dare, and I defy:
all merely signifying nothing.
"Tumble Out Of The Flood: [Bukj föl az árból]" by Attila Jozsef
To one who to tradition clings
This seems an awkward state of things,
But if to think it out you try,
It doesn't really signify.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
There's nought but care on every han'
In every hour that passes, O;
What signifies the life o' man,
An 'twere na for the lasses, O?
"Green Grow The Rashes" by Robert Burns
Through Jacob would the gift be given
Of Jesus to this sinful earth;
God signified within this vision
Glad news of our Redeemer's birth;
"Alone" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Sev'n lamps, bright-gleaming, hung on high,
Which holy graces signify,
With wondrous lustre, always shine
Before th' Almighty's throne divine.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
I don't mind kings and dukes and things;
I don't mind wigs or maces;
I don't mind crowns or robes or gowns
Or ruffles, swords or laces -
But what I do object to, and some others more than I,
Are the mad old, bad old practices these baubles signify.
"A Few Remarks on Goats, Asses and the Dead Hand" by C J Dennis

In news:

For me, nothing signifies fall as poetically and viscerally as seeing pumpkins in a patch.
For me, nothing signifies the end of summer as poetically and viscerally as seeing pumpkins in a patch.
On the 59th anniversary of the armistice signifying the end of the Korean War, North Korean veterans pledged their support to new leader Kim Jong-un.
JD McPherson — Signs & Signifiers.
Deal signifies strategic commitment to consulting services and expands FIS' international presence and "footprint" among large US and global institutions.
What does Prada signify to you.
San Bernardino County, CA — Memorial Day weekend signifies the start of the summer travel season, and will also be a Maximum Enforcement Period for the California Highway Patrol.
Danny Heller makes paintings of the Southern California landscape and the buildings that signify Southern California.
Both times, most recently in 2002, Droste put down her deposit, signifying her interest.
The once ubiquitous typeface, which is still the signifier of accessible modernism (Hello Target.
'Sound and Fury , Signifying Nothing': The Direct-Mail Poetry of Election 2012, Cont.
Gill 's hire signified a deeper commitment to those projects.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Memorial Day signifies family and families across West Michigan are searching for ways to occupy their weekend.
Does Russell Pearce's Recall Election in Arizona Signify A Shift in Attitudes Towards Immigrants.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Signs on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas are going purple to signify a stand against bullying and support for gay and lesbian teens.
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In science:

In a weighted graph, each edge (vi , vj ) has an associated weight wij > 0 signifying its “strength”.
Graph Kernels
Let [Φ]t signify the ≡t -equivalence class of Φ.
A better algorithm for random k-SAT
Let one run of the distinguishing attack signify guessing all possible k3 values, and executing the previous section’s attack for each key.
Statistics of Random Permutations and the Cryptanalysis Of Periodic Block Ciphers
For two topologies T and T ′ on the same set X , we write T ⊂ T ′ to signify that T ′ is stronger than or equal to T (i.e., every T -open subset of X is T ′ -open).
Optimal Observables for Minimum-Error State Discrimination in General Probabilistic Theories
Notice that we use the ˆ-notation to signify that ˆδ is a lift of δ but it is not an image under the map ˆ.
Conjugation in Brauer algebras and applications to character theory
Here we have as usual drawn the not necessarily distinct dots x1 , y1 , x2 , y2 in the middle to signify that no assumption has been made about them being in the top or bottom row nor about whether they are on the left or right of the explicitly drawn dots.
Conjugation in Brauer algebras and applications to character theory
Indeed, such distributions are observed, and have been interpreted to signify first-order transitions , or new phases .
Finite size scaling in Ising-like systems with quenched random fields: Evidence of hyperscaling violation
There is some question as to whether distributions with three peaks signify first-order transitions , or the emergence of new phases .
Finite size scaling in Ising-like systems with quenched random fields: Evidence of hyperscaling violation
When a particle reaches a vertex of T for the first time, it immediately escapes along the path (signifying an aggregation).
Rotor walks on general trees
This representation has the advantage that the (directed) link between two metabolites signifies transformation of one into the other.
Randomizing genome-scale metabolic networks
As a result, the ground state acquires a macroscopically large occupation, which, if the QMC ensemble were realisable, would signify a new type of condensation phenomenon independent of the statistics of the constitutent particles of the system.
Monte-Carlo sampling of energy-constrained quantum superpositions in high-dimensional Hilbert spaces
The normalizable zero modes for the quantum mechanics signify BPS bound states with the quantum numbers of Ni copies of each elementary state.
Classification of complete N=2 supersymmetric theories in 4 dimensions
What is measured in the detector are the high transverse momentum jets evolving from the quarks and a large amount of missing energy signifying the presence of neutrinos.
Top Mass Measurements at the Tevatron
Different ways of construction of the self-similar CVT fractal signifies that like other tools CVT can also be used as a construction tool for the formation of different kinds of self-similar fractals.
Theory of Carry Value Transformation (CVT) and its Application in Fractal formation
Following the expectations follows the symbol =>, signifying the start of the actual type declaration.
Implementing Gr\"obner bases for operads
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