• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ambigu An entertainment at which a medley of dishes is set on at the same time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ambigu An entertainment or feast consisting, not of regular courses, but of a medley of dishes set on the table together.
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.”
  • J. S. Habgood
    J. S. Habgood
    “All knowledge is ambiguous.”
  • Gilda Radner
    Gilda Radner
    “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”
  • Thomas Reid
    Thomas Reid
    “There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. ambigu, doubtful, L. ambiquus,. See Ambiguous


In literature:

But it is not difficult to discover what end that ambiguous mode of expression, so often reiterated, is meant to answer.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Explain the ambiguous construction in l. 165.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
The fact is that the word "supremacy," so often used in this controversy, is one of ambiguous meaning.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
In translating, however, from a language like Sanskrit which abounds in synonyms, this is not always practicable without ambiguity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
But with all care some accidents must happen, and many reported cases will be ambiguous.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
This statement may seem somewhat ambiguous, and one might ask, 'What is an imaginative ear?
"Violin Mastery" by Frederick H. Martens
But the English peasantry had pleasures of less ambiguous propriety, and less likely to mislead our sympathies.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
For it was purged of all the ambiguities of a dual position and of divided responsibilities.
"India, Old and New" by Sir Valentine Chirol
He ought to be cautious how he recommends authors of mixed or ambiguous morality.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
She smiled in the old ambiguous, maddening way.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

O unrolling,
tape of ambiguous length
on which is written the mystery
of everything curly.
"Cardinal Ideograms" by May Swenson
He frequently went on a spree;
But in his wildest revelry,
On this especial subject he
Betrayed no ambiguity.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
Moscow greeted us in darkness
Already lined with silver light,
As we emerged from underground,
Out of the ambiguity of night.
"On Early Trains" by Boris Pasternak
By it they stand, by it they fall,
What e'er the ambiguities,
They look to its intrinsic call,
For metes and bounds efficiencies.
"The Deed Vs. Assessment Rolls" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I dreamed of strange lips yesterday
And cheeks wherein the ambiguous blood
Was like a rose’s—yea,
A rose’s when it lay
Within the bud.
"Fragoletta" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Imagine, then, by miracle, with me,
(Ambiguous gifts, as what gods give must be)
What could not possibly be there,
And learn a style from a despair.
"This Last Pain" by William Empson

In news:

Now those many years of holy ambiguity are coming to an end.
Ambiguity, uncertainty, and difficulties complicate diagnosis and management.
"For 150 years, people have been suggesting that there should be Middle Triassic dinosaurs , but all the evidence is ambiguous," he said.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are still confusing the heck out of us with their ambiguous relationship status.
How President Barack Obama or a President Mitt Romney handles this ambiguous opening from Iran will do much to set the direction of our Mideast policy for the next four years.
New York has become the fourth state to issue new guidelines to mammography providers, requiring they tell patients about a common, but ambiguous problem.
Talk about the trend toward gender ambiguous fashion.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics says the ambiguity associated with the regulatory definition of radio frequency interference is an obstacle to investment and innovation.
Chuck Hagel's ambiguous stance on dealing with Iran .
Afghanistan's new journalists navigate an ambiguous war.
That is just one ambiguity of several that, in the wake of Washington's historic legalization law , have many people wondering what passage means, and what is and is not legal now.
Finally, conservatives tend to be more anxious in situations in which there is ambiguity than liberals .
The Afternoon of a Faun is the ambiguous fragrance for everyone.
Matthew Hyland, volunteer map reviewer for Google and professional chef, takes your calls on neighborhood ambiguity and acts as an arbiter for your map and border queries.
A new novel explores the impact of a parent's ambiguous morals .

In science:

The author claims that there is an ambiguity in the formulation of decoherence in that any vector can be chosen as a pointer basis.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
The following construction does not, however, depend on this ambiguity.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
In this way we avoid the ambiguity in the asymptotic behavior of the odd order skeworthogonal polynomials.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
The ambiguity of interpretation, and the fact that there need be no sub jective implications whatsoever here, is indicative of the fact that the ‘sub ject’ is simply a covert ‘ob ject’.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
Let us keep both signs in all calculations and eventually one can see that the sign ambiguity corresponds to the two possible orientations on the manifold.
A note on topological brane theories