• WordNet 3.6
    • n determination the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation "the determination of molecular structures"
    • n determination the act of making up your mind about something "the burden of decision was his","he drew his conclusions quickly"
    • n determination the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose "his determination showed in his every movement","he is a man of purpose"
    • n determination deciding or controlling something's outcome or nature "the determination of grammatical inflections"
    • n determination a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration "a decision unfavorable to the opposition","his conclusion took the evidence into account","satisfied with the panel's determination"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sex of crocodiles is determined by the incubation temperature. Eggs incubated at temperatures below 85 degrees become females. Those incubated above 95 degrees become males. 2. Crocodiles are the closest living relatives to birds.
    • Determination (Med) A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
    • Determination Bringing to an end; termination; limit. "A speedy determination of that war."
    • Determination Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion. "Remissness can by no means consist with a constant determination of the will . . . to the greatest apparent good."
    • Determination That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution. "So bloodthirsty a determination to obtain convictions."
    • Determination (Logic) The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
    • Determination (Nat. Hist) The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.
    • Determination The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
    • Determination (Physical Sciences) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
    • Determination (Logic) The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
    • Determination The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness. "He only is a well-made man who has a good determination ."
    • Determination The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: To determine the percentage of alcohol in a bottle of liquor divide the proof by two.
    • n determination An ending; a putting an end to; termination: as, the determination of an estate.
    • n determination Delimitation; the act of setting bounds to or of determining the limits of; specifically, assignment to the proper place in a classification or series.
    • n determination A determining or deciding, as after consideration or examination; specifically, definite or authoritative judicial settlement, as of a controversy or suit.
    • n determination A decision arrived at or promulgated; an authoritative or final ruling; a determinate opinion or conclusion.
    • n determination The mental act of deciding or resolving; the fixing or settling of a mental purpose; the act of resolve.
    • n determination A state of mental decision or resolution with regard to something; determined purpose; fixed intention: as, determination to succeed in an enterprise; his determination was inflexible.
    • n determination The quality of being determined; fixedness of purpose; decision of character; resoluteness: as, a man of determination.
    • n determination In old medicine, the turning or determining point; the crisis.
    • n determination Tendency or direction. Of the intellect or will toward some object or end by an antecedent mental state (idea or motive), determination being in the mental what causation is in the physical world.
    • n determination Of the blood: abnormal afflux or flow: as, determination of blood to the head.
    • n determination The solution of a problem, mathematical or other; an ascertainment of any magnitude or the value of any quantity; especially, a scientific evaluation based upon exact physical measurements: as, a determination of the length of the seconds-pendulum.
    • n determination In logic: The process of adding characters to a notion, and thus rendering it more definite, whether this is done by limiting its scope or by an increase of information.
    • n determination The differentiating character itself that is added in this process.
    • n determination In Oxford and other old universities: A solemn disputation in which the respondent is a bachelor of arts, and which is preparatory to graduation as master of arts.
    • n determination A disquisition or other act substituted in recent times for the old disputation. The determinations were kept in Lent, and hence often called the Lent determinations. Originally, in the University of Paris (the model of most of the old universities of northern Europe, and especially of Oxford and Cambridge), there was but one degree, that of master of arts, carrying with it the right to lecture regularly in the university. The purpose of the determinations was to enable the masters to judge whether the candidate was fit to be presented to the chancellor as candidate for the mastership; and since there were no examinations, there was no other regular means of ascertaining the candidate's fitness. The baccalaureate was at first called the determinance, and was originally not a degree, nor conferred by the university, but merely a permission to determine or act as chief respondent in the Lent disputations, and was conferred by the “nation.” In consequence of this inseparable connection between the baccalaureate and the determinations, the latter are often considered as conditions of the former, although they follow in time.
    • n determination A discussion of a question according to the scholastic method, after the model of a disputation.
    • n determination Synonyms Conclusion, settlement, termination.
    • n determination Resolution, etc. (see decision), firmness.
    • n determination In botany and zoology, the identification, classification, and naming of specimens of plants or animals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been determined that less than one patented invention in a hundred makes any money for the inventor.
    • n Determination that which is determined or resolved on: end: direction to a certain end: resolution: fixedness of purpose: decision of character
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  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.”
  • George Washington
    “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.”
  • Mary Dixon Thayer
    Mary Dixon Thayer
    “It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship.”
  • Julius Erving
    Julius Erving
    “Goals determine what you're going to be.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. determinatio, boundary, end: cf. F. détermination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. determināre, -ātumde, neg., and terminus, a boundary.


In literature:

Hortense rose from her sick-bed with a firm, determined heart.
"Queen Hortense" by L. Mühlbach
The West was not behind the Eastern States in the determination to subdue the Rebellion.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
By the determination of its pitch; 2.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
I am determined not to stand mine host to all Scotland and England as I have done.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Peace with France therefore was no sooner assured than Philip determined to return to Spain, where his presence was required.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
No such obscure fate, he determined, should overtake, obliterate, him.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Abandoning the idea of entering the ministry, he embarked for America, determined to make a fortune in the New World.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
She knew that she had done her cause no good, but was determined to finish her errand.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
They bore every mark of determined manhood.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Clellan is determining that being one is being all of that one and that remembering and forgetting is not everything.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein

In poetry:

As the day came near
when the judge would determine
who was fresh and who was stale,
the people grieved.
"The Office of Parts" by Raymond Queneau
First be sure you're right, boys,
Then with courage strong
Strap your determinations
And move right along.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
A heavenly passion his being invades,
His eyes dart a lightning ray;
He sees on her beauty the flushing shades,
He sees her grow pallid and sink away!
Determination thorough him flashes,
And downward for life or for death he dashes!
"The Diver" by George MacDonald
Tumbling on steadily, nothing dreading,
Sunshine, storm, cold, heat, forever withstanding, passing, carrying,
The Soul's realization and determination still inheriting,
The fluid vacuum around and ahead still entering and dividing,
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman
Then the French army pressed forward at Napoleon's command,
Determined, no doubt, to make a bold stand;
Then Wellington cried, " Up Guards and break their ranks through,
And chase the French invaders from off the field of Waterloo!"
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall
They blushed, and flushed, and fainted, till they reached the
age of nine,
When PETER'S good papa (he was a Baron of the Rhine)
Determined to endeavour some sound argument to find
To bring these shy young people to a proper frame of mind.
"The Modest Couple" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

VINELAND — Police discovered a dead body in a vacant home on Sixth Street Friday night and are attempting to determine a cause of death, officials announced over the weekend.
The loss of the first set to Radek Stepanek had organisers checking the Richter Scale to determine the strength of the Rafa aftershocks .
Does anyone have a solution for determining the aggregate level of an entire machine.
The selection of hog cuts at the restaurant comes from a Chatham County farm and the sides are determined by the local harvest delivered by the farmers who grew it.
The Tony Award for fearless determination - if such a thing actually existed, ought to go to Kathie Lee Gifford.
How can we determine the size/capacity of an air receiver for a reciprocating air compressor .
It utilizes 2 temperature sensors, 1 on each side of a heater element, to determine heat distribution regardless of flow direction.
Israeli authorities were trying to determine where the rocket may have landed on Thursday.
Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins said that after investigating a fire that occurred at an apartment building next to the Town and Gown Theatre it was determined to have started because of a heat and air unit .
From ketchup to moisturizing cream to paint, the moisture content of materials is a decisive factor in determining product quality — especially in substances with an extremely high moisture content.
Bock 's (Confessions of a Carb Queen) first YA novel is a smart, topical story about a racially motivated hate crime, its far-ranging consequences, and the community determined to keep it under wraps.
Firearms, narcotics at Bonny Linn Drive residence determined illegal.
COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Department investigators have determined the firearms and narcotics discovered Monday night at a Bonny Linn Drive residence are illegal.
Her Official Guide To Determining His Size Down There (Bookmark This.).
It doesn't necessarily determine whether or not the sex will be good.

In science:

Thus, the problem of determining Ψ can be split up into two parts: first solve these equations for Θα , η and ϑ, and then determine Ψ from the equations dpΨα (·, q)|p=q = Θα (p), e.g. via the methods developed in Chapter 8.
A New Formulation of General Relativity - Part III: GR as Scalar Field Theory
The physical interpretation of these terms is this: M is the set of signs for events; Ψ determines an atlas of pre-radar charts; ˜η is a generalized density which determines the density η by ˜η(p, p) = η(p); ˜ϑ is a generalized temperature which determines the (empirical) temperature ϑ by ˜ϑ(p, p) = ϑ(p).
A New Formulation of General Relativity - Part III: GR as Scalar Field Theory
In order to determine the alignment parameters of the 50L TPC respect to the NOMAD RS, we made use of the same mip sample of Sec. 5.2.1 used for the electron drift velocity determination.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
The values of ω are determined by vanishing of the determinant of the above matrix.
Renormalization Group Approach to Generalized Cosmological models
Lemma 7.2 combined with 5.5 shows that in order to determine the geometric ordering in general it is sufficient to pick a point θ ∈ Θ1 in an alcove and then determine the ordering at all points in its orbit, ˜Sℓ · θ .
Quiver varieties, category O for rational Cherednik algebras, and Hecke algebras