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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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Significant figures are routinely misused now that calculators are commonplace, because the calculators can generate values with far more digits than the accuracy of analytical equipment justifies.
1] is the term with the fewest significant figures (one), even though our calculator can give us seven significant figures (2,242,760) we should report the result as 2 x [10.
He is not just one of the greatest figures in Welsh history, but also one of the most important people in world history, reflected in the 1999 Sunday Times survey of the most significant figures of the past 1,000 years.
But he remains one of the most significant figures in the first half of 20th century American history.
He said car parking figures were a great concern to some people, but added: "In reality these are not significant figures.
He has also featured in a book called Centurions, which features some of Britain's most significant figures of the 20th century.
He was one of the most significant figures in the paper's transition to full-page make-up in the early 1990s.
But the most significant figures show that Ecstasy is overtaking heroin in the drug-taking stakes.
We are looking for people who are recognised as significant figures in their region and who are well able to represent and speak for culture in its widest sense.
James, whose many relationships included a love affair with actress Linda Blair, predicts some significant figures from his past will be running for cover when the book comes out but says, ``Let them run.
When even significant figures in Faithfull's life are rendered in fuzzy focus, a subtext emerges in which nobody is especially important and everyone is, in some unacknowledged sense, oppressive.

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