significant has definitions from the field of statistics
[ adjective ] important in effect or meaning




"a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant"

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(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

Nor have we remembered that in the melting_pot of America the hundreds of isolated and semi isolated ethnic , regional and occupational groups did not fuse into a homogeneous national unit until long after education and industrialization had caused them to cast oral tradition aside as a means of carrying culturally significant material .

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

It is worth dwelling in some detail on the crisis of this story , because it brings_together a number of characteristic elements and makes of them a curious , riddling compound obscurely but centrally significant for Mann 's work .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

Other_than this very significant result , most_of the information now available about the radio_emission of the planets is restricted to the intensity of the radiation .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

Statistically , the most significant data have been collected from the sensors on 1958 Alpha ( Explorer_1 , ) , 1958 Delta_2 ( Sputnik 3 , ) , and 1959 Eta ( Vanguard 3 , ) .

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

Moreover , it should not be so fastidious in its growth requirements as to make production on a militarily significant scale improbable .

[ adjective ] fairly large




"won by a substantial margin"

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(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

In my view , there should be a school which offers significant vocational_programs for boys within easy reach of every family in a city .

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

It is obvious that the historian who seeks to recapture the ideas that have motivated human behavior throughout a given period will find the art and literature of that age one of his central and major concerns , by_no_means a mere supplement or adjunct of significant historical research .

(Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. D. D....)

Continuing technical problems involved in the use of this fuel , coupled with significant improvements in aircraft range through other means , have now raised serious questions about the value of the high energy fuel program .

(Hugh Kelly and Ted Ziehe, "Glossary Lookup Made Easy"...)

A significant reduction in the voume of store information is thus realized , especially for a highly inflected language such_as Russian .

(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)

In the process , he develops some very significant observations about problems of a sort that are often difficult .

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[ adjective ] (statistics) 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"

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(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

No significant difference was found in achievement between high and low compulsive children within the unstructured school .

Indeed their achievement scores were somewhat better on an absolute basis although the difference was not significant .

The interaction effect , which is significant at the .01 level , can be seen best in the contrast of mean scores .

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[ adjective ] rich in significance or implication


pregnant meaning


"a meaning look" "pregnant with meaning"

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(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

It is significant , too , that the older teen-agers I interviewed believed , unlike the younger ones , that Jewish students tend to do better academically than their gentile counterparts .

It is significant that the Catskills , which used_to be the summer playground for older teen-agers , a kind of summer suburb of New_York , no_longer attracts them in great numbers - except for those who work there as waiters , bus_boys , or counselors in the day_camps .

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