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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 refraction index must be accurate to six significant figures, Westphal says.
Through a partnership with The HistoryMakers, the nation's largest African American video oral history archive headquartered in Chicago, IL, users can watch video interviews from significant figures including Senator Barack Obama, Russell Simmons, B.
The officials said the District Coordination Officer (DCO) has decided to put a hold on the plan to rename the chowk and has forwarded the matter to a committee set up as part of a project to revitalise Lahore that will look into renaming several squares, underpasses, roads and intersections after historically significant figures from this region.
Russell (RMIT University, Melbourne) and Butler (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) have assembled profiles of significant figures in the creation and promotion of tourist attractions and activities.
She recalls both him and her grandmother Sarah as being kind and significant figures in her life.
While a number of significant figures inside the Association want Kerr out - other key men believe he deserves another campaign.
Culture minister Jenny Randerson said: ``Owain Glyndr is one of the most significant figures in the history of Wales.
The residents and their visitors included such significant figures as Edward Thomas and the American Robert Frost, Rupert Brook and the poet-composer Ivor Gurney.
They can be chosen, for example, by some complicated process of picking digits out of a very long, many-digit number, perhaps the product of a complicated sequence of squarings or factorings, or maybe a transcendental number -- pi, for example, calculated to hundreds of significant figures.
Chief Executive Prof Andre Odendaal said: "This province has a cricket heritage spanning over two centuries and Basil's name is one of the first that comes up when reviewing the significant figures of the past.
Appendixes include short biographies of significant figures from each country, chronologies for each country, and a collection of significant documents (i.
Vahia, did the calculation in a few days, using hand calculators, and found that the WIMP model predicted the observed differences between the vibration frequencies to within two significant figures.

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