indefinite

Definitions

  • 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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Quotations

  • Susan Sontag
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    “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
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    “Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.”
  • Eric Butterworth
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    “While many people are trying to be in tune with infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite.”

Etymology

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

Usage

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
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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.
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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
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