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ambiguity

[‚am·bə′gyü·əd·ē]
(electronics)
The condition in which a synchro system or servosystem seeks more than one null position.
(navigation)
The condition in which navigation coordinates derived from a navigational instrument define more than one point, direction, line of position, or surface of position.

Ambiguity

Delphic oracle
ultimate authority in ancient Greece; often speaks in ambiguous terms. [Gk. Hist.: Leach, 305]
Iseult’s vow
pledge to husband has double meaning. [Arth. Legend: Tristan]
Loxias
epithet of Apollo, meaning “ambiguous” in reference to his practically uninterpretable oracles. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmer-man, 26]
Pooh-Bah
different opinion for every one of his offices. [Br. Opera: The Mikado, Magill I, 591–592]
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The cramped hand is both a sign of the human will to power as well as a painful reminder of the limits of that power; the hand's otherness--that is, its manifestation as something separate from Santiago's will--is ethically productive precisely because it ambiguates the terms of Santiago's mastery over nature.
Still, it is useful, even necessary, perhaps, where rote techniques are given such prominence, to remind the student that the skills he is appropriating are for a purpose--and the term artha nicely ambiguates our notions of "meaning" and "purpose.