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SIGNIFICANCE: Dictionary Entry and Meaning

Pronunciation:  sig'nifukuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  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"
 Synonyms: implication, import, import, meaning, signification
 Antonyms: insignificance
 See Also: burden, connotation, consequence, content, core, effect, essence, gist, grammatical meaning, historicalness, import, importance, intension, intent, lesson, lexical meaning, meaning, meaningfulness, message, moment, moral, nicety, nuance, overtone, point, purport, referent, refinement, sense, shade, signified, spirit, subject matter, substance, substance, subtlety, symbolisation, symbolization



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sig*nif"i*cance\, Significancy \Sig*nif"i*can*cy\,
n. [L. significantia.]
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.