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sig·ni·fi·ca·tion

 (sĭg′nə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
1. Meaning or significance, especially of a word.
2. The action or process of signifying: a theory of signification.

signification

(ˌsɪɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. something that is signified; meaning or sense
2. the act of signifying

sig•ni•fi•ca•tion

(ˌsɪg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. meaning; import; sense.
2. the act of signifying; indication.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signification - the message that is intended or expressed or signifiedsignification - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
lexical meaning - the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
symbolisation, symbolization - the use of symbols to convey meaning
signified, sense - the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"
connotation, intension - what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
referent - something referred to; the object of a reference
gist, burden, essence, effect, core - the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
purport, intent, spirit - the intended meaning of a communication
moral, lesson - the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
nuance, subtlety, nicety, refinement, shade - a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
overtone - (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"
point - a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"

signification

noun
1. That which is signified by a word or expression:
2. Something visible or evident that gives grounds for believing in the existence or presence of something else:
Translations

signification

n
(= meaning)Sinn m, → Bedeutung f
(= indication)Bezeichnung f; a signification of one’s intentionseine Absichtsbekundung or -erklärung

signification

[ˌsɪgnɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] n (frm) (of word) → significato
References in classic literature ?
The names Tribnia and Langdon an not mentioned, and the "close stool" and its signification do not occur.
To this Square answered; that it was impossible to discourse philosophically concerning words, till their meaning was first established: that there were scarce any two words of a more vague and uncertain signification, than the two he had mentioned; for that there were almost as many different opinions concerning honour, as concerning religion.
It has been already intimated that excises, in their true signification, are too little in unison with the feelings of the people, to admit of great use being made of that mode of taxation; nor, indeed, in the States where almost the sole employment is agriculture, are the objects proper for excise sufficiently numerous to permit very ample collections in that way.
I afterwards found that these labours, performed by an invisible hand, greatly astonished them; and once or twice I heard them, on these occasions, utter the words `good spirit,' `wonderful'; but I did not then understand the signification of these terms.
The existence of groups would have been of simple signification, if one group had been exclusively fitted to inhabit the land, and another the water; one to feed on flesh, another on vegetable matter, and so on; but the case is widely different in nature; for it is notorious how commonly members of even the same subgroup have different habits.
Such helpfulness was found in her -- so much power to do, and power to sympathise -- that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification.
They at first addressed him by his name; giving him his title of captain, with a French accent: but they soon gave him a title of their own; which, as usual with Indian titles, had a peculiar signification.
As Columba is the Latin for dove, the dove became a sort of signification of the nunnery.
Sing now yourselves the song, the name of which is "Once more," the signification of which is "Unto all eternity
If the different parts of the same instrument ought to be so expounded, as to give meaning to every part which will bear it, shall one part of the same sentence be excluded altogether from a share in the meaning; and shall the more doubtful and indefinite terms be retained in their full extent, and the clear and precise expressions be denied any signification whatsoever?
Not in Sir Walter Scott's signification, my dear," answered Julia laughing, "for it is not so very COMMON.
The word itself (taboo) is used in more than one signification.