Middle English Dictionary Entry

significāciǒun n.
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(a) A symbol; in ~, as a symbol, symbolizing; (b) symbolic meaning; also, interpretation [quots.: Lydg.Pilgr.]; (c) symbolization, representation; a gret ~, an important significance; thurgh ~, ?for symbolic purposes.
(a) A sign, portent; (b) the meaning of an omen, a dream, etc.; palm. what is indicated by a line of the hand; physiog. what is indicated by a person's physical characteristics; (c) foretelling; theol. prefiguration.
(a) A piece of evidence, an indication; also, a representation; in ~ of, as a representation of (sth.); (b) med. & surg. an indication, a symptom; also, a theoretical view of a set of symptoms [1st quot.]; (c) the physiognomical significance of a physical characteristic.
(a) The meaning or sense of a word, sentence, etc.; also, the significance of a fable, legend, etc.; also, the content of a message; (b) a name; (c) gram. a referent; the class of proper referents of a class of words; (d) gram. the capacity of a class of words to refer to something other than themselves; also, the way in which a class of words does so [1st quot.]; (e) gram. the voice of a participle; (f) numerical significance of a numerical figure.

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. signification.