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## determinant |

3 definitions found From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Determinant \De*ter"mi*nant\, a. [L. determinans, p. pr of determinare: cf F. d['e]terminant.] Serving to determine or limit; determinative. From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Determinant \De*ter"mi*nant\, n. 1. That which serves to determine; that which causes determination. 2. (Math.) The sum of a series of products of several numbers, these products being formed according to certain specified laws; Note: thus the determinant of the nine numbers a, b, c,a', b', c',a'', b'', c'', is a b' c'' - a b'' c' + a' b'' c] - a' b c'' + a'' b' c. The determinant is written by placing the numbers from which it is formed in a square between two vertical lines. The theory of determinants forms a very important branch of modern mathematics. 3. (Logic) A mark or attribute, attached to the subject or predicate, narrowing the extent of both but rendering them more definite and precise. --Abp. Thomson. From WordNet r 1.6 [wn]: determinant adj : having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle" [syn: {crucial}, {deciding(a)}, {determinative}, {determining(a)}] n 1: a determining or causal element or factor: "education is an important determinant of one's outlook onlife" [syn: {determiner}, {determinative}, {determining factor}, {causal factor}] 2: a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations

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