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  • The significant figure (also called significant figures and abbreviated sig figs, sign.figs, sig digs or s.f.) of a number are those digits that carry meaning contributing to its precision. The concept of significant digits is often used in connection with rounding. — “Significant figures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • Significant other (or SO) is colloquially used as a gender-blind term for a person's lover in an intimate This usage is synonymous with the term "relevant other" and can also be found in plural form, "significant others". — “Significant other - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • In statistics, a result is called statistically significant if it is unlikely to have occurred by chance. This result would be statistically significant, but the difference is small enough to be utterly unimportant. — “Statistical significance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org

Quotations

  • In what census of living creatures, the dead of mankind are included; why it is that a universal proverb says of them, that they tell no tales, though containing more secrets than the Goodwin Sands; how it is that to his name who yesterday departed for the other world, we prefix so significant and infidel a word, and yet do not thus entitle him, if he but embarks for the remotest Indies of this living earth; why the Life Insurance Companies pay death-forfeitures upon immortals; in what eternal, unstirring paralysis, and deadly, hopeless trance, yet lies antique Adam who died sixty round centuries ago; how it is that we still refuse to be comforted for those who we nevertheless maintain are dwelling in unspeakable bliss; why all the living so strive to hush all the dead; wherefore but the rumor of a knocking in a tomb will terrify a whole city. — “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville
  • It is, however, certain that the 4th of August always proved a significant date for her. — “The Good Soldier” by Ford Madox Ford
  • What did they mean, she asked, by their silence, and by their thus gazing wildly at each other, and at her? Pleyel profited by this hint, and assuming an air of indifference, framed some trifling excuse, at the same time darting significant glances at Wieland, as if to caution him against disclosing the truth. — “Wieland” by Charles Brockden Brown
  • Who shall say how far it may have strengthened the hand of Necker, when on the 27th of that same month of November he compelled the Council to adopt the most significant and comprehensive of all those measures to which clergy and nobility had refused their consent? On that date was published the royal decree ordaining that the deputies to be elected to the States General should number at least one thousand, and that the deputies of the Third Estate should be fully representative by numbering as many as the deputies of clergy and nobility together. — “Sacaramouche” by Rafael Sabatini
  • In my dreadful situation, it was a relief when he was brought back, and surveying the company all round as if they had disagreed with him, sank down into his chair with the one significant gasp, "Tar!" — “Great expectations” by Charles Dickens
  • I hope, however, also to have acted in your interests, as even the slightest uncertainty in the least significant of matters will always remain a cause of suffering and if, as in this case, it can be removed without substantial effort, then it is better if that is done without delay." "I thank you," said K. as soon as Miss Montag had finished. — “The Trial” by Franz Kafka

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