sig·nif·i·cant /sɪgˈnɪfɪkənt/ 形容詞
1. Fitted or designed to signify or make known somethingl having a meaning; standing as a sign or token; expressive or suggestive; as, a significant word or sound; a significant look.
It was well said of Plotinus, that the stars were significant, but not efficient. --Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Deserving to be considered; important; momentous; as, a significant event.
Significant figures Arith., the figures which remain to any number, or decimal fraction, after the ciphers at the right or left are canceled. Thus, the significant figures of 25,000, or of .0025, are 25.
Sig·nif·i·cant, n. That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol.
In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts. --Shak.
adj 1: important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax
laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a
significant contribution"; "significant details";
"statistically significant" [syn: important] [ant: insignificant]
2: fairly large; "won by a substantial margin" [syn: substantial]
3: too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and
therefore indicating a systematic relation; "the
interaction effect is significant at the .01 level"; "no
significant difference was found" [ant: nonsignificant]
4: rich in significance or implication; "a meaning look";
"pregnant with meaning" [syn: meaning(a), pregnant]