indeterminate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj indeterminate not leading to a definite ending or result "an indeterminate campaign"
    • adj indeterminate not capable of being determined "the indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
    • adj indeterminate 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"
    • adj indeterminate having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex "an indeterminate stem"
    • adj indeterminate of uncertain or ambiguous nature "the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Indeterminate Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indeterminate Not determinate; not settled or fixed; not definite; uncertain; not precise; not exclusively possessing either of a pair of contradictory attributes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Indeterminate not determinate or fixed: uncertain: having no defined or fixed value
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Goudge
    Elizabeth Goudge
    “Butterflies... not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indeterminatus,

Usage

In literature:

The uniform seemed to melt into the landscape; it was indeterminate, greenish gray in color.
"The Belgians to the Front" by Colonel James Fiske
I suggest that they should be made equal by being made indeterminate.
"Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders" by W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
The number of these was indeterminate.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The woman's age was at first glance indeterminate.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
The creative energy of love demands an indetermined and malleable future.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
After that you were handling rather indeterminate factors.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
Indeed, I was diagnosing my case, wondering if I loved her, affirming, doubting on a very see-saw of indetermination.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
At once the eyes were again the same blank windows whose scrutiny was so indeterminate.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
They were personalities of indeterminate outline and interchangeable powers and were readily confused.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
By this means alone can he introduce order, form, unity into the indeterminate chaos of life.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
The bluish light seemed to be in indeterminate lumps scattered over the rocky floor.
"A World is Born" by Leigh Douglass Brackett
Macula: a colored mark larger than a spot; of indeterminate figure.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He was lithe, of indeterminate age, but with a look of great determination.
"Suite Mentale" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It was an indeterminate, inexplicable shiver and shudder of sound, which went wailing out of the window.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
A long beard of some indeterminate colour like hay was blown back over one shoulder.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
Indeed, the very word Hindu is one of absolutely indeterminate meaning.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
Different nations have different methods of expressing indeterminate propositions.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The difficulties lie in the fact that P and T individually are quite indeterminate.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Slowly, but walking erect, he paced across the wide entrance hall, and then halted, indeterminate.
"The Pursuit" by Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
Substance, as the indeterminate universal, was with Spinoza the only positive.
"A History of Philosophy in Epitome" by Albert Schwegler
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In poetry:

His high cold masks of amnesia.
How did I get here?
Indeterminate criminal,
I die with variety—
Hung, starved, burned, hooked.
"The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath
While the sun stops, or
seems to, to define a term
for the indeterminable,
the human aspect, here
in the West Village, spindles
to a mutilated dazzle—
"A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street" by Amy Clampitt
No indeterminable thought is theirs,
The stars', the sunsets' and the flowers';
Whose inexpressible speech declares
Th' immortal Beautiful, who shares
This mortal riddle which is ours,
Beyond the forward-flying hours.
"Intimations Of The Beautiful" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Down in his laboratory, to which the two rooms of the cellar had been given over, Paracelsus prayed to his God, his indeterminate God—any God—to send him a disciple.
An indeterminate number of years ago, some great force broke the ball rack with a giant pool cue.
) The witty ringleader of the London-based world music band talks in an indeterminate accent about his music and the traditions around the wor...
My personal favorite place to buy hippos is the Palm Tree Market (717 N. The top half is a light and airy molded wafer cookie, while the bottom is coated in signature Kinder chocolate and crunchy particles of indeterminate origin.
At the garden center I see different varieties of tomatoes described as "determinate" and " indeterminate .
When in doubt, go for the indeterminates.
Readers' Choice: " Indeterminate Line," Bernar Venet.
The Open Universe: An Argument for Indeterminism.
Practically, the advice to "be alert" or "watch" gets a little boring, especially when there is an indeterminate period in which you are supposed to be alert and watch.
It's "an extremely large, indeterminate number," according to Dictionary.com.
There will be lots of crunchy guitar, several jams of indeterminate length, a couple of new songs, and feedback galore.
God's eye, which is an indeterminate color.
If you're born Black, you're already pitted against an indeterminate number of challenges.
The concept or, if one prefers, the "phenomenon" of religion is evidently somewhat indeterminate.
"Frankly, my situation at this point is indeterminate," he said on Monday.
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In science:

Notice that exp(ad(g0 )¯0 ) ∼= SL3 , acting by automorphisms of S via linear changes of indeterminates, which preserve the odd supersymplectic form and the volume form v up to multiplication by a non-zero number.
Automorphisms and forms of simple infinite-dimensional linearly compact Lie superalgebras
Let K = Q(r, s) be a field of rational functions with two indeterminates r, s.
Two-parameter Quantum Group of Exceptional Type G_2 and Lusztig's Symmetries
Let v be an indeterminate and k a field of characteristic zero.
Representations of quantum groups defined over commutative rings II
The case of indeterminates of different parities.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
Now suppose that K is an algebraically closed field, and that the set x= {xij } of entries of matrix A defined in (1) is a set of N = c + d + 2 indeterminates over K (here xij 6= xhk for (i, j ) 6= (h, k)).
On binomial equations defining rational normal scrolls
Let A[x] be the ring of polynomials over A where the indeterminate x commutes with elements of A.
Non-commutative Henselian Rings
Let A[x] be the ring of polynomials over A where the indeterminate x commutes with elements of A.
Non-commutative Henselian Rings
The moments for the Stieltjes–Wigert weight is an example of an indeterminate moment problem; hence, there are several weights that have the same moments as the weight (79).
Random matrix central limit theorems for nonintersecting random walks
The simple vectorial Lie algebras over C have only one parameter: the number of indeterminates.
Simple Lie superalgebras and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
For Lie superalgebras, N only concerns the even indeterminates.
Simple Lie superalgebras and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
Hereafter the elements of the Lie superalgebra of contact vector fields are given in terms of their generating functions in indeterminates introduced in (15).
Simple Lie superalgebras and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
The spectral measure of the position operator of BiedenharnMcFarlane oscillator has been calculated in the case indetermine Hamburger moment problem .
Generalized q-deformed oscillators, q-Hermite polynomials, generalized coherent states
Borzov V.V., Damaskinsky E.V., Kulish P.P., On position operator spectral measure for deformedin the case of indetermined Hamburger moment problem, Reviews in Math.
Generalized q-deformed oscillators, q-Hermite polynomials, generalized coherent states
Then, after a suitable permutation of the indeterminates u, v , w, the ideal a = (fu , fv , f ) inside the formal power series ring F [[u, v , w]] is a parameter ideal, and furthermore fw ∈ a holds.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
After a permutation of indeterminates, we may assume that ˜δ(w) = t is invertible.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
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