If the Arabs had just accepted Zionism (signifying their own dispossession), then World War II might have turned out differently.
So instead, Republican senators have launched an attack on Hagel filled with sound and fury but signifying very little.
It was a cosmic rout, signifying the end of an order, even the death of Spanish football as it is currently played.
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+)