suitably small

suitably small

(jargon, mathematics)
(From mathematical jargon) An expression used ironically to characterise unquantifiable behaviour that differs from expected or required behaviour. For example, suppose a newly created program came up with a correct full-screen display, and one publicly exclaimed: "It works!" Then, if the program dumped core on the first mouse click, one might add: "Well, for suitably small values of `works'."

Compare the characterisation of pi under for values of.
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They sound like cassettes to my ears, and MP3s work by cutting out low and high frequencies, so the file size is suitably small enough - the idea being that the human ear can't hear those frequencies, so no one misses them.
Similar to the PS Vita, the Scion iQ comes loaded with premium technological features, has a focus on functionality, is concentrated into a suitably small package and most importantly is tons of fun.
In the snug beside the bar, a suitably small space a London estate agent would doubtless call "bijou", perched a trio of regulars - Karl Harrison, Andy Pattinson, and Sam Holden.
I select suitably small pieces of material that will pass through my jaw crusher and then ball mill to appropriate fineness.
This solution can be nebulized in any small reservoir device powered by compressed air that will produce suitably small particles of 3 [micro]m to 5[micro] m.
The latest addition to the oeuvre provides a graphic demonstration of this at a suitably small scale, with a particularly telling series of images to document the process.
To estimate the mechanism of improvement in the Izod impact strengths of MOD comprising rubber with a suitably small amount of crosslinking agent (0.
The finding that the film has ripples but still can be described by existing theory suggests that the flow in the third dimension is suitably small.