What does the word import mean?

Usage examples for import

  1. After this we fell to talking again, but beyond what I have written down, little of import could be gathered. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  2. There needed no wizard to tell the import of the scene. – The Captive in Patagonia by Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  3. He would have given much to have understood the import of the whispered words, but that he was expected to do something was obvious. – The Red Derelict by Bertram Mitford