Phrases with "signifies"

What does their presence here signify, do you think?” “It signifies that they know that I am on board,” answered Nikola, with a queer sort of smile upon his face. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Thomas Carlyle I say inspired; for what we call “originality,” “sincerity,” “genius,” the heroic quality we have no good name for, signifies that. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Henry James I don’t see what it signifies to her that poor Arthur should come into the property, which will be so delightfulexcept for papa dying. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Jonathan Swif It signifies nothing going to this Lord Treasurer about business, although it be his own. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Berkeley Qu. What the word ‘servant’ signifies in the New Testament? 222. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Ann Radcliffe It signifies nothing whether you are going the same way, you must not go together. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Karl Philipp Moritz I must here inform you that the word Peake, or Pike, in old English signifies a point or summit. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

John Locke And when a countryman says the cold freezes water, though the word freezing seems to import some action, yet truly it signifies nothing but the effect, viz. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Tobias Smolle As for a sweetheart, Bet Mizen of St. Catherine’s would fit me to a hair — she and I are old messmates; and what signifies talking, brother, she knows already the trim of my vessel, d’ye see. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

John Locke Fifthly, “All animals have sense, but a dog is an animal”: here it signifies little more but that the latter proposition is joined to the former, as the minor of a syllogism. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

What signifies a few moments sooner or later?’ The Superior was of a timid and passionate character. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Sigmund Freud This identification with the brother shows with especial clearness that the little one signifies the genital organ. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sometimes employing a common case he signifies only one, as in the following (I. iii. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Walter Scott Whiles I think my puir bairn’s dead — ye ken very weel it’s buried — but that signifies naething. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Rudyard Kipling It signifies that those who would desire to behold a proper memorial to Kurban Sahib must look out at the house. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Andrew Lang In the first place, what is to be understood by the word ‘Kalevala’? The affix la signifies ‘abode. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott What signifies counting the spots of dirt that we are about to wash from our hands?” “Knowing what thou art thyself,” said Conrade, “it is blasphemous to speak of pardoning another. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Sigmund Freud In other words: when a particular incident is represented by the dream-work in a dream, it signifies the strongest confirmation of the reality of this incident, the most emphatic affirmation of it. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sigmund Freud The candle is an object which excites the female genitals; its being broken, so that it does not stand upright, signifies impotence on the man's part (it is not her fault). The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Paine It signifies not who is minister. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

This term, one of the sacred phrases of most frequent occurrence, signifies the characteristics which every Buddha possesses. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Thomas Paine Whether it be the Court of Versailles, or the Court of St. James, or Carlton-House, or the Court in expectation, signifies not; for the caterpillar principle of all Courts and Courtiers are alike. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Sigmund Freud But in a certain number of dreams the division into short preliminary dreams and long subsequent dreams actually signifies a causal relation between the two portions. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

For the appearance of Athene signifies this. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

But the critics of humanism never define exactly what the word ‘truth’ signifies when they use it themselves. The Meaning of Truth by William James

He showed his teeth; he rolled his eyes; he uttered the long-drawn “Ah!” which in Egypt signifies applause. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Thomas Paine It signifies not what their mental or moral characters are. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope What does it signify before me?” “It signifies nothing before you,” said Lady Ongar. “But before the servant, Julie —?” “It would signify nothing hefore anybody. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud Apply the same thing to your own case; your opinion that the dream is nonsense probably signifies merely an inner resistance to its interpretation. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

It signifies nothing that wise and experienced practitioners have sometimes doubted the reality of the danger in question; no man has the right to doubt it any longer. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Richard Burton Every Badawi has a right to marry his father’s brother’s daughter before she is given to a stranger; hence “cousin” (Bint Amm) in polite phrase signifies a “wife. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Thomas Paine It signifies a nominal office of a million sterling a year, the business of which consists in receiving the money. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Thomas Love Peacock I cannot therefore understand, how that which a man perceives to be good can be in reality an evil to him: indeed, the word reality only signifies strong belief. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

George Meredith I must know if it signifies the trigger, or I’m agitated about nothing. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Rudyard Kipling This ferocious outcry signifies that only. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Robert Burns What signifies his barren shine, Of moral pow’rs and reason? His English style, an’ gestures fine, Are a’ clean out o’ season. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

He signifies the same thing more clearly in saying (I. xiv. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Jules Verne Now let us say that it signifies a or o. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

A red sky signifies nothing to such people but wind and disturbance. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Galsworthy She had not seen Jon again, but she lived in that peculiar mixture of fear and hope which signifies a real interest in life. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim The ‘XX’ upon the label here signifies approval. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arthur Machen It signifies the royal prerogative of man, differentiating him from the beasts. The Terror by Arthur Machen

The word quipu, indeed, signifies a knot. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

It signifies a skulk, a shirk — one who is always trying to get clear of work, and is out of the way, or hanging back, when duty is to be done. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

As far as sexual selection is concerned, all that is required is that choice should be exerted before the parents unite, and it signifies little whether the unions last for life or only for a season. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne The word PAMPA, of Araucanian origin, signifies grass plain, and justly applies to the whole region. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Victor Hugo It implied a magisterial function; now it signifies a territorial division: it specified the centurion; it now specifies the hundred (centum). The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Tobias Smolle Half way up, there are quarters for a detachment of soldiers, posted here to prevent smuggling, and an inn called La Ca, which in the language of the country signifies the house. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Sigmund Freud The elderly man obviously my father, for the blindness in one eye signifies his one-sided glaucoma, 1 is now urinating before me as I once urinated before him. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Victor Hugo So much the worse for others, signifies so much the better for himself. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith And you speak of me to my cousin Vernon! Seriously, plighted faith signifies plighted faith, as much as an iron-cable is iron to hold by. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies “something not desirable. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth What signifies all this nonsense?” At the sight of Mr. Edwards, the overseer’s countenance suddenly changed, and assumed an air of obsequious civility. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith But no: it signifies that she deems herself to have need of composure—nothing more. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Henry Fielding What signifies having Money if one doth not spend it. An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews by Henry Fielding

Thomas Hobbes Whereof the former signifies that which by some apparent signs promiseth good; and the latter, that which promiseth evil. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Jules Verne The northern island was called by the natives Ikana-Mani, a word which signifies the fish of Mani. The southern island was called Tavai-Pouna-Mou, “the whale that yields the green-stones. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing It signifies everything inept, inert. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Paine It signifies the form, as well as the public principle of the government. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

John Locke Implicitly known before proposing, signifies that the mind is capable of understanding them, or else signifies nothing. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Henry James The question of time doesn’t signify what signifies is one’s sincerity. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Tobias Smolle What signifies all earthly riches and honour, if one enjoys not content? and, hereafter, there is no respect of persons. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Henry Fielding And the poor debtors reechoed THE LIBERTIES OF NEWGATE, which, in the cant language, signifies plunder, as loudly as the thieves themselves. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

The word bibbulmun signifies many breasts, a name derived, perhaps, from the fecundity of that region, or from the unusually great proportion of women and children among them. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

It signifies that in obtaining thee, Fortune can give no more — she breaks her image when she blesses me with thine. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Walter Scott What signifies disputing about queen or king — when men may sit at peace — sub umbra vitis sui? and so would I do, after the precept of Holy Writ, were I, as you term me, wise or good. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Richard Burton Most authorities make it mean the “Separator,” the “Barrier,” between Nijd and Tahamah,2 or between Al-Yaman and Syria. According to others, it signifies the “colligated,” i. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling It signifies the blessed state of hanging on to as few persons and things as possible, and it leads up to the singular privilege of a man owning himself. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Charles Dickens Mrs Varden was a lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper — a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

George Gissing Let us hope it signifies that you and Buckland will work through life shoulder to shoulder in the field of geology. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

I broke my word, it is true; but what signifies that? I obeyed my love; and have I not been richly paid for that obedience? It was to that obedience I owe her portrait. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edmund Burke Doux in French signifies soft as well as sweet. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Benjamin Disraeli I do not suppose it signifies much where I sit. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Augustine Birrell Adhere, in this place, signifies not to be retracted, and excludes a free conference. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

George Gissing It is enough; it signifies that I have not erred wholly. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Samuel Johnson The word whisky signifies water, and is applied by way of eminence to strong water, or distilled liquor. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Thomas Hobbes Again, the title of a holy nation confirms the same: for holy signifies that which is God's by special, not by general, right. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

It signifies that the great judge of the dead looks down on men to see that justice is done and that truth prevails. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson What signifies that he trips and stammers; that his voice is harsh or hissing; that his method or his tropes are inadequate? That message will find method and imagery, articulation and melody. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

George Gissing You favour this kind of thing, Mr. Lashmar?” “In so far as it signifies growth of the ideas of citizenship, and of association. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Walter Scott But indeed, after all, what signifies any promise over a wine flagon?” “It signifies as much as a promise can do that is given elsewhere. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

William Dampier The 6th column shows the latitude we were in every day where R. signifies the dead reckoning by the running of the logs, and Ob. shows the latitude by observation. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

But I am charmed to meet you-er-Viola. What a delightful title! May I ask what it signifies in your own city?” Trenmore frowned and scratched his head. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott But it signifies little — I will order the things to be brought, and they will remember the names of them themselves. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Eliot Who are these men to whom you have sold my father’s property?’ ‘There is no reason why you should not be told, except that it signifies little. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Gissing There may soon come a day when, though the word “comfort” continues to be used in many languages, the thing it signifies will be discoverable nowhere at all. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Oliver Goldsmith What signifies beauty, Mr Thornhill? or what signifies all the virtue, and all the qualifications in the world, in this age of self-interest? It is not, what is she? but what has she? is all the cry. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Thomas Hobbes For example, if it be a false affirmation to say a quadrangle is round, the word round quadrangle signifies nothing, but is a mere sound. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Paine When we speak of the crown now, it means nothing; it signifies neither a judge nor a general: besides which it is the laws that govern, and not the man. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Sâïbah signifies merely a camel turned loose, her being so turned out was generally in fulfilment of a vow. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

By the name “all” he signifies the collective whole. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Meredith It signifies she’s cold in her bed. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Sigmund Freud The dream-object, therefore, signifies a black toilet (toilette = dress), or mourning. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Love Peacock Order was at length restored; the audience took their seats, and the craniological orator held forth in the following terms: 1 Pistyll, in Welch, signifies a cataract, and Rhaidr a cascade. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Sigmund Freud A large company, as we already know, signifies a secret. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]