[ noun ] the quality of being significant


"do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"

Used in print

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

On my first Guy_Fawkes_Day here , I found Catholics as well as non Catholics celebrating with the traditional fireworks and bonfires , and was told that most Englishmen either do not know or are not concerned with the historical significance of the day .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

It is this sort of experience that makes the concept of high_fidelity of real musical significance for the home music listener .

(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)

Just_as the national and state parks place emphasis on features which are of national or state significance , counties should seek_out these features which are distinctive of their area .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

When I try to work_out my reasons for feeling that this passage is of critical significance , I come_up with the following ideas , which I shall express very briefly here and revert to in a later essay .

The artistic interest , then , lies_in what the encounter may be made to represent , in the power of some central significance to draw the details into relevance and meaningfulness .

[ noun ] a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred


implication import


"the significance of his remark became clear only later" "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"

Used in print

(Richard F. McLaughlin, et al., "A study of the...)

The significance of these differences has not been studied nor has the existence of corresponding physiologic differences been determined .

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meaning imply

[ noun ] 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"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

To others whose concern it is to penetrate the significance of Christian_Humanism , the Renaissance elements are of primary concern .