||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.