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significant figure

[sig′nif·i·kənt ‚fig·yər]
(mathematics)
A prescribed decimal place which determines the amount of rounding off to be done; this is usually based upon the degree of accuracy in measurement. Also known as significant digit.
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The machine should supply about 15% to 20% of the store's electricity--a significant figure considering energy often accounts for a large percentage of supermarkets' expenses.
But the more significant figure is the number of ticket sales, said Brandon Gray, editor of BoxOfficeMojo.
This is a parallel text (Middle High German and Italian) of the remarkable letter collection assembled by the Dominican nun Margaretha Ebner of Engelthal, near Nuremberg, largely recording her contacts with the secular priest Heinrich von Nordlingen, who was a significant figure in the reception of German mysticism in the 1340s.
Tozzi's name won't be found heading many encyclopedia articles, but he was by all accounts a prolific and significant figure in premodern Italian literature.
We found that 42% of all facial fractures were sports-related, a significant figure in light of the preventable nature of these injuries.
The company boasts it has signed up 20,000 users in 45 days - a significant figure in this relatively small nation.
The author, who is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, examines every significant figure involved in special education, including Ponce de Leon, Bonet, Diderot, Tuke, Gallaudet, Bell, Howe, Snellen, Jackson, Montessori, Binet, Watson, Dewey, Kirk, and Dunn.
Malcolm X isn't a significant figure in post-World War II America because he overcame personal hardship, racism, criminality, and prison.
Based on the results of a survey TIA sent to these individuals, the association estimates that the contract has been used more than 30,000 times -- a significant figure that the TIA hopes will lead to the contract gaining overall acceptance and benefiting even more companies within the industry.
Hampson, of Hallsworth Fold Farm in Chorley, is understood to be a significant figure in a long-running local campaign against the use of green belt land near her home by a family of travellers.
And Labour figures expressed sadness at the loss of such a significant figure.
significant figure g g HAMISH MacInnes, below, was the father of mountain rescue.

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