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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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Suppliers of luminaires and controls couch the estimated savings with phrases like "up to" or "as much as," but without measurement and verification it's anything but certain--except the monthly utility bill--which is a significant figure. The notion that institutional dimming is a known quantity is a good example.
This is a significant figure, and one which is expected to be higher this year," Alexei Borodavkin was quoted by RIA Novosti.
Bishop Poole was head of divinity at Trinity College from 1976 to 1977 and "was a significant figure in Trinity's governance," said Bishop Johnson, who also noted that Bishop Poole has provided leadership in diocesan and national church financial development.
A significant figure of the Berkeley Renaissance in the 1940s and 1950s, Everson was one of those who rebelled agists the strictures of formalism in bringing his word painted images to paper.
Cash (Emmanuel College) offers the first detailed biography of Rhode Island native Benjamin Waterhouse, a significant figure in American medical history.
"We're talking a big figure, a very significant figure, and we intend to back it up and get some benefit out of this," Mark Mendel, chief legal counsel to Antigua, said from his office in El Paso, Texas.
Even though the mass of KCI was reported to just one significant figure, it is clear that the instrument used was (hopefully) very precise.
Odum was a significant figure in the intellectual life of the South throughout his career.
In the early '80s a consensus started to form that Murray was a significant figure who fell generationally somewhere between the artists who had emerged around 1970 and a group of younger American and newly relevant European painters.
Mrs Jones, 89, of Redmarshall, was a significant figure in Stockton's musical life and over the years was involved with all the major music societies on Teesside.
"We consume about 500 litres of water per day per inhabitant; that is a significant figure: in Europe consumption amounts to about 200 litres and in Germany 120 litres", Mr Khamitov told Moscow's radio Echo on the occasion of World Water Day.
Quite apart from his pervasive influence on the world of gallery art, for a lot of architects of a certain generation, Marcel Duchamp is the significant figure of the modern era.

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