significant figure

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Noun1.significant figure - any digit of a number that is known with certainty; any digit of a number beginning with the leftmost non-zero digit and ending with the rightmost non-zero digit (or a zero considered to be the exact value); "he calculated the answer to four significant figures"
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
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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.
Heading the funeral Mass service at the Greek Catholic Melkite Cathedral in Zahle, Patriarch of Antioch for Greek Melkite Catholics, Gregory III Lahham, eulogized the late Skaff as "an enlightened and significant figure who formed a part of Zahle's history throughout his lifetime of public service and devotion.
Hurst was a significant figure, alongside Ashington-born Charlton, in England's memorable team in 1966 and scored the hattrick that inspired a 4-2 final victory over West Germany.
Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, who led Labour's Government Digital Review, tells us that this significant figure is up for grabs.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Ekmeleddin yhsanoy-lu, the joint candidate for presidency of several opposition parties, welcomed the election result on Sunday night, saying the nearly 40-percent support he got was a "very significant figure.
Madin was a significant figure of post-war architecture whose Brutalist style of building design continues to divide opinion.
As you might expect, it's a typically powerful image, unmistakeably Howson, and I'm sure it will go on to make a significant figure for these four very good causes at auction next year.
She added that playing Mary Magdalene is of great importance as she was a significant figure in Christianity who sinned then repented.
Susan and I both mourn the passing of a distinguished public servant, a personal friend, and a significant figure in the political history of Pennsylvania.
Because it implies more precision than likely, but adding numbers after the decimal point make it appear to be a more significant figure.
Delyth, who lives in Caswell Bay, Gower, Swansea, has been a significant figure on the Welsh and international folk scene since the 1980s, playing with groups including instrumental trio Aberjaber and lately in a duo with her violinist daughter Angharad called DnA, and with the Fluellen Theatre Company.
According to the Reuters news agency, Awan was a significant figure in the remaining core leadership of Al Qaeda.

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