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indeterminate

## indeterminate

```  2  definitions  found

From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]:

Indeterminate  \In`de*ter"mi*nate\,  a.  [L.  indeterminatus.]
Not  determinate;  not  certain  or  fixed;  indefinite;  not
precise;  as  an  indeterminate  number  of  years.  --Paley.

{Indeterminate  analysis}  (Math.),  that  branch  of  analysis
which  has  for  its  object  the  solution  of  indeterminate
problems.

{Indeterminate  coefficients}  (Math.),  coefficients
arbitrarily  assumed  for  convenience  of  calculation,  or  to
facilitate  some  artifice  of  analysis.  Their  values  are
subsequently  determined.

{Indeterminate  equation}  (Math.),  an  equation  in  which  the
unknown  quantities  admit  of  an  infinite  number  of  values,
or  sets  of  values.  A  group  of  equations  is  indeterminate
when  it  contains  more  unknown  quantities  than  there  are
equations.

{Indeterminate  inflorescence}  (Bot.),  a  mode  of  inflorescence
in  which  the  flowers  all  arise  from  axillary  buds,  the
terminal  bud  going  on  to  grow  and  sometimes  continuing  the
stem  indefinitely;  --  called  also  {acropetal,  botryose,
centripetal,  &  indefinite  inflorescence}.  --Gray.

{Indeterminate  problem}  (Math.),  a  problem  which  admits  of  an
infinite  number  of  solutions,  or  one  in  which  there  are
fewer  imposed  conditions  than  there  are  unknown  or
required  results.

{Indeterminate  quantity}  (Math.),  a  quantity  which  has  no
fixed  value,  but  which  may  be  varied  in  accordance  with
any  proposed  condition.

{Indeterminate  series}  (Math.),  a  series  whose  terms  proceed
by  the  powers  of  an  indeterminate  quantity,  sometimes  also
with  indeterminate  exponents,  or  indeterminate
{In`de*ter"mi*nate*ness},  n.

From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]:

indeterminate
adj  1:  not  precisely  determined  or  established;  not  fixed  or  known
in  advance;  "of  indeterminate  age";  "a  zillion  is  a
large  indeterminate  number";  "an  indeterminate  point
of  law";  "the  influence  of  environment  is
indeterminate";  "an  indeterminate  future"  [syn:  {undetermined}]
[ant:  {determinate}]
2:  (botany)  having  a  capacity  for  continuing  to  grow  at  the
apex;  "an  indeterminate  stem"  [ant:  {determinate}]
3:  of  uncertain  or  ambiguous  nature;  "the  equivocal  (or
indeterminate)  objects  painted  by  surrealists"
4:  not  capable  of  being  determined;  "an  indeterminate  number  of
plant  species  in  the  jungle"
5:  not  leading  to  a  definite  ending  or  result;  "an
indeterminate  campaign"
6:  not  clearly  understood  or  expressed;  "an  indeterminate  turn
of  phrase";  "an  impulse  to  go  off  and  fight  certain
obscure  battles  of  his  own  spirit"-Anatole  Broyard;  "their
descriptions  of  human  behavior  become  vague,  dull,  and
unclear"-  P.A.Sorokin;  "vague...forms  of  speech...have  so
long  passed  for  mysteries  of  science"-  John  Locke  [syn:  {obscure},
{vague}]
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