|1.||[ noun ] the quality of being significant|
"do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
|Related terms:||insignificance importance consequence meaningfulness historicalness significant insignificant|
|2.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||meaning imply|
|3.||[ noun ] the message that is intended or expressed or signified|
|Synonyms:||meaning import signification|
"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"
|Related terms:||message sense point effect moral intent sense nuance overtone symbolization lexical_meaning grammatical_meaning referent mean mean spell|