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.
Gul, the first-ever Turkish official to receive the prize, was elected from among two other nominees _ French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and Croatian President Stjepan Mesic _ for "being a significant figure for reconciliation and moderation within Turkey and internationally, and a driving force behind many of the positive steps that Turkey has taken in recent years.
He said: "Keir Hardie was a significant figure in the political battle against poverty.
When the discussions took place, the Iraqi leader was still seen as a significant figure in the Arab world to be courted by Britain.
Rory was a very significant figure both within the South Wales cockle industry and beyond,' he said.
He was a very nice man, and really quite a significant figure.
Lord Callaghan was a significant figure in both Cardiff politics and UK politics.
President Gul is recognized for being a significant figure for reconciliation and moderation within Turkey and internationally, and a driving force behind many of the positive steps that Turkey has taken in recent years," the think-tank said in a statement.
The funeral takes place next Tuesday (1pm) at the Woodlands Cemetery, Chelmsley Wood, of Ray Parfitt (82) a former Birmingham police officer and a significant figure in the development of rugby in the city, writes Michael Blair.
This might not sound a significant figure compared to the rate of deaths from other cancers,but when it involves something that is so preventable, just one death is too many.
But he explained: "Given our findings we estimate these children are missing up to 10 per cent of their primary school days, which is a highly significant figure.
However, beginning in fiscal 2012, the actuary expects the city payment to be $41 million, a significant figure relative to the city's operating budget.

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