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significant figures

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significant digits

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1. (Mathematics) the figures of a number that express a magnitude to a specified degree of accuracy, rounding up or down the final figure: 3.141 59 to four significant figures is 3.142.
2. (Mathematics) the number of such figures: 3.142 has four significant figures. Compare decimal place2
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True, there was another life,--a life which, once believed in, stands as a solemn, significant figure before the otherwise unmeaning ciphers of time, changing them to orders of mysterious, untold value.
10) The panel concluded that "presentation of additional significant figures in risk estimates may introduce false precision, and thereby mislead risk managers as they are considering possible risk management options.
Arab News Agencies' Union" Secretary General Dr Farid Ayyar said that the meeting set an internal statute that ensures greatest possible number of news agencies' representation at the Council meetings besides outlining topics to be taken up during the fourth Summit and the significant figures to be invited to such a big event.
These are significant figures as the BCCI distributes 80 per cent of the revenue from its central partners while five per cent is given to the IPL and 15 per cent goes to the board," explained an official.
89t/m3 for sulphide, 2,59t/m3 for oxide; minor rounding errors; significant figures quoted do not imply precision and are used to minimize round-off errors.
Aran said: "Support like this from such significant figures in Welsh public life helps us spread the word further and faster about a course which our learners tell us has helped them more than any other course they've done.
The original Kitty Kiernan was the fiancee of Michael Collins, one of the most significant figures in Irish history, while Lillie Langtry, a famed British actress, was perhaps best known in her role as mistress to the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII.
She recalls both him and her grandmother Sarah as being kind and significant figures in her life.
Mark Robinson of Arizona State University in Tempe provides more details: Craters are named for deceased artists, musicians, painters and authors who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their fields and have been recognized as historically significant figures for more than 50 years.
In the ADB the most eminent people in Australia's history are given articles of 2000 to 6000 words; other significant figures have entries that range in length from 500 to 2000 words.
Several currently significant figures in the developing world of commercial and art holography learnt or developed their skills at Lake Forest, and TJ decided it was time to facilitate an international forum for them.
One of the most significant figures is the increase in players' wages - up from just over pounds 28million to more than pounds 41million.

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