To them, that “signified a lack of recovery and inability to move on.”
When the House censured Charlie Rangel yesterday, it signified a shift in how Congress does business.
I could hear the code words and I could hear the words that signified he had been captured.
People wanted to know what she was wearing, not because it signified anything, but simply because it was on her back.
What it signified was obvious: the machismo inherent to youth sports that parents crave.
She signified her helplessness with a quick and dainty movement of her hands.
Their names often signified some quality of a horse; as Leucippus, a white horse, &c.
It signified that one power was about to succeed another power.
She told me, It signified nothing to talk: I knew the expectation of every one.
On the contrary he made a wry face and thrust his cheek out with his tongue, which signified "go and do it yourself."
late 13c., "be a sign of, indicate, mean," from Old French signifier (12c.), from Latin significare "to make signs, show by signs, point out, express; mean, signify; foreshadow, portend," from significus (adj.), from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Intransitive sense of "to be of importance" is attested from 1660s. Meaning "engage in mock-hostile banter" is American English black slang first recorded 1932.
...'signifying,' which in Harlemese means making a series of oblique remarks apparently addressed to no one in particular, but unmistakable in intention in such a close-knit circle. ["Down Beat," March 7, 1968]
A joke or comic turn that depends entirely on what is seen (1957+)