(Sig*nif"i*ca*tive) a. [L. significativus: cf. F. significatif.]
1. Betokening or representing by an external sign.
The holy symbols or signs are not barely significative.Brerewood.
2. Having signification or meaning; expressive of a meaning or purpose; significant.
Neither in the degrees of kindred they were destitute of significative words.Camden.
Sig*nif"i*ca*tive*ly, adv. Sig*nif"i*ca*tive*ness, n.
(Sig"ni*fi*ca`tor) n. [Cf. F. significateur.] One who, or that which, signifies.
In this diagram there was one significator which pressed remarkably upon our astrologer's attention.Sir
(Sig*nif"i*ca*to*ry) a. [L. significatorius.] Significant. n. That which is significatory.
(||Sig`ni*fi*ca"vit) n. [L., (he) has signified, perf. ind. of significare to signify.] (Eng. Eccl.
Law) Formerly, a writ issuing out of chancery, upon certificate given by the ordinary, of a man's standing
excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the laying him up in prison till he submit himself to the
authority of the church. Crabb.
(Sig"ni*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Signified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Signifying ] [F. signifier, L. significare;
signum a sign + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Sign, n., and -fy.]
1. To show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional token, as words, gestures, signals, or the
like; to announce; to make known; to declare; to express; as, a signified his desire to be present.
I 'll to the king; and signify to himShak.
That thus I have resign'd my charge to you.
The government should signify to the Protestants of Ireland that want of silver is not to be remedied.Swift.
2. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.
He bade her tell him what it signified.Chaucer.
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signify is often used impersonally; as, it signifies nothing, it does not signify, that is, it is of no importance.
Syn. To express; manifest; declare; utter; intimate; betoken; denote; imply; mean.
(Sign"ior) n. Sir; Mr. The English form and pronunciation for the Italian Signor and the Spanish
(Sign"ior*ize) v. t. [See Seigniorize.] To exercise dominion over; to lord it over. [Obs.] Shelton.
(Sign"ior*ize) v. i. To exercise dominion; to seigniorize. [Obs.] Hewyt.
(Sign"ior*ship), n. State or position of a signior.
(Sign"ior*y) n. Same as Seigniory.