Sig·nif·i·cance Sig·nif·i·can·cy n.
1. The quality or state of being significant.
2. That which is signified; meaning; import; as, the significance of a nod, of a motion of the hand, or of a word or expression.
3. Importance; moment; weight; consequence.
With this brain I must work, in order to give significancy and value to the few facts which I possess. --De Quincey.
n 1: the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the
significance of nuclear power" [ant: insignificance]
2: 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" [syn: import, implication]
3: 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
ambigtuous" [syn: meaning, signification, import]