• WordNet 3.6
    • adj indefinite not decided or not known "were indefinite about their plans","plans are indefinite"
    • adj indefinite vague or not clearly defined or stated "must you be so indefinite?","amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges","he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sperm banks keep their donor semen at approximately -321 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, it could be kept indefinitely.
    • Indefinite Boundless; infinite. "Indefinite and omnipresent God,
      Inhabiting eternity."
    • Indefinite Having no determined or certain limits; large and unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited; as, indefinite space; the indefinite extension of a straight line. "Though it is not infinite, it may be indefinite ; though it is not boundless in itself, it may be so to human comprehension."
    • Indefinite Not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure; as, an indefinite time, plan, etc. "It were to be wished that . . . men would leave off that indefinite way of vouching, “the chymists say this,” or “the chymists affirm that.”""The time of this last is left indefinite ."
    • Indefinite (Bot) Too numerous or variable to make a particular enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower, and the like. Also, indeterminate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pollen never deteriorates. It is one of the few natural substances that lasts indefinitely.
    • indefinite Not definite; not defined; not precise; vague: as, an indefinite time, proposition, term, or sensation.
    • indefinite Infinite in number. The term was introduced by Pascal. Descartes distinguished between the indefinite, which has no particular limit, and the infinite, which is incomparably greater than anything having a limit. The distinction is considered as highly important by many metaphysicians.
    • indefinite Specifically, in botany, uncertain in number or too great to be easily counted: for example, the stamens when more than 10, and not clearly in multiples of the ground number of the flower, are said to be indefinite.
    • indefinite In logic, indeterminate in logical quantity; not distinguishing between “some” and “all.”
    • indefinite In grammar, not such as to make definite or determinate the person, thing, place, time, or manner in question: applied to certain adjectives, pronouns, and adverbs, as the indefinite article (see article, 11), any, some, such, anywhere, anyhow, otherwise, and to certain tenses of verbs, as the Greek aorist (which means ‘indefinite’) and the simple past in English.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Indefinite in-def′i-nit not limited: not precise or certain:
    • adj Indefinite in-def′i-nit (logic) indeterminate in logical quantity
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  • Susan Sontag
    “The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility.”
  • Thorstein Veblen
    Thorstein Veblen
    “In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.”
  • Eric Butterworth
    “While many people are trying to be in tune with infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indefinitus,. See In- not, and Definite


In literature:

This continued indefinitely is bound to produce Auction bankruptcy.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
Those who are habituated to the rigid framework of sectarian creeds will find such a religion as this too indefinite and elastic.
"Creative Unity" by Rabindranath Tagore
The utter absence of all prescription of quantities in these receipts is delightfully indefinite.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
A thought, well expressed, is a bomb that explodes indefinitely.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Hoxton Street was a glorious dream, as enticingly indefinite as an opium-sleep.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
That's one type I could multiply indefinitely.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
It appeared he had come to Paris with the intention of remaining there for an indefinite period.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And presently the people in this castle will realize that even stun-pistols can't keep on shooting indefinitely here.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
The term 'yellow band' is therefore somewhat indefinite.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
And Jackson was hardly a desirable man to intrust with indefinite military power.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
This solar and planetary group does not exist solitary in the immense void that extends indefinitely around us.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Farther north it will live on indefinitely, like the Wistaria, but its branches will nearly always be badly killed in winter.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
In the world as it now is and for an indefinite period will probably remain, might precedes right.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
In other matters knowledge passes from a nebulous and indefinite stage to a precise and definite one.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
The side wins which has the highest score when the play stops, the time limits being indefinite.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The swing of his carriage was indefinitely familiar.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
I heard the rustle of her dress, a soft, silky, indefinite sound.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
Will it not multiply indefinitely?
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Of a sudden Red Hoss was aware of a vast, indefinite, mouse-colored bulk looming directly in the path before him.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
The matter upon which thought operated is in itself indefinite and is rendered definite through the action of thought.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

Alone, aloft, unendingly
A peering gull on moveless wing
Floats silent by and again by
In search for some indefinite thing.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
The grey-green stretch of sandy grass,
Indefinitely desolate;
A sea of lead, a sky of slate;
Already autumn in the air, alas!
"Colour Studies {At Dieppe}" by Arthur Symons
That nameless wish to nought but genius known.--
Indefinite--but in each fibre felt,
Whispered. The boy elate
Burned to perpetuate
The full pervasive bliss; enrapt he knelt--
Thou saw'st--a pencil's by--and infant West's thine own.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Castle and crown are faded clean away,
The fountain sinks into a level silence;
What kingdom can be reached by the occasions
That climb the broken ladders of our lives?
We are imprisoned in unbounded spaces,
Defined by an indefinite confusion.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

Bradley Jr has tendon injury in left wrist, out indefinitely.
Brett Kingma Suspended Indefinitely at WSU.
But such tactics cannot hold up a state determined to go nuclear indefinitely.
Collison Out Indefinitely With A Bone Bruise .
Thunder forward Nick Collison is out indefinitely PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely after injuring his left knee during the No 10 Beavers' victory over Washington State on Saturday.
LSU's season hits a speed bump as point guard Anthony Hickey is suspended indefinitely.
"Next Caller " from its lineup indefinitely, sources close to production confirmed.
In bold moves, central banks in the US and Europe promise indefinite spending to boost markets.
Commentator Rob Parker has been suspended indefinitely by.
Pagano has been on an indefinite leave from the team since being diagnosed with leukemia Sept 26.
Statue of Liberty indefinitely closed by Sandy damage on island.
Congo rebels indefinitely delay exit from Goma.
Jay Cooke State Park closed indefinitely.
This exciting feature will allow you to access saved information from the site from any device, indefinitely.

In science:

However cosmology should not wait indefinitely for optimal samples.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
However, stars of mass greater than approximately 3M, were thought to contract indefinitely, since the force of gravity would overwhelm all other forces.
A fresh look at some questions surrounding black holes
Now, in the complex pre-space such a parameter unavoidably turns to be two-dimensional, and the related order of the sequence of events – indefinite.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
Hashimoto, Asymptotic formulas for partial sums of class numbers of indefinite binary quadratic forms, arXiv.math/0807.0056.
Asymptotic expansion of a function defined by power series
In this work we consider the following conjugacy inDefinition 2.31. variants of SFTs.
Random subshifts of finite type
The process associated with squared exponential is indefinitely mean square differentiable, which is a very strong assumption on the smoothness of f .
Speeding up the binary Gaussian process classification
The parent states belong to the indefinite metric part of the representation space and are expected to violate positivity.
Analytic structure of the gluon and quark propagators in Landau gauge QCD
In terms of the quark structure of hadrons this was later formulated as quark flavor mixing by the weak interaction, the s quark being mixed with the d quark to the extent determined by the Cabibbo angle, into the "rotated" d' and s' weak interaction eigenstates of indefinite mass.
The Neutrino - Its Past, Present and Future
Where the signal is non-volatile (lasting indefinitely) the test may be applied to a sample taken at any time after the boolean has become true; a volatile signal must be tested while accessible, the testing actions initiated when the truth of the boolean is signalled.
Information science and technology as applications of the physics of signalling
There remains only a double-fold freedom in this choice actually inherited from the sign indefiniteness of the integration range for NL .
Tunneling cosmological state revisited: Origin of inflation with a non-minimally coupled Standard Model Higgs inflaton
The subject of this paper is to describe the structures of invariant probabilistic distributions when we iterate a function indefinitely. They can exist, even they are masked by others cycles or distributions.
Probabilistic and asymptotic methods with the Perron Frobenius's operator
The shafts and hoisting systems are serviceable and, with continued proper maintenance, will last indefinitely.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
From the boundary conditions (Eq. [B2]), we construct a set of two simultaneous indefinite equations of C1 and C2 .
Parker Instability in a Self-Gravitating Magnetized Gas Disk: I. Linear Stability Analysis
Hulshof and R. van der Vorst, Differential systems with strong indefinite variational structure, J.
Perturbation from symmetry and multiplicity of solutions for strongly indefinite elliptic systems
One must be able to construct multivendor seamless systems that could evolve for an indefinite period. The components from the different software producers must be able to achieve interoperability.
Open architecture for multilingual parallel texts