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indeterminate

1. Physics (of an effect) not obeying the law of causality; noncausal
2. Maths
a. having no numerical meaning, as 0/0
b. (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions
3. Botany another word for indefinite
4. (of a structure, framework, etc.) comprising forces that cannot be fully analysed, esp by vector analysis
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But our former description of a citizen will admit of correction; for in some governments the office of a juryman and a member of the general assembly is not an indeterminate one; but there are particular persons appointed for these purposes, some or all of the citizens being appointed jurymen or members of the general assembly, and this either for all causes and all public business whatsoever, or else for some particular one: and this may be sufficient to show what a citizen is; for he who has a right to a share in the judicial and executive part of government in any city, him we call a citizen of that place; and a city, in one word, is a collective body of such persons sufficient in themselves to all the purposes of life.
A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do, that has lain dusty in the garret for an indeterminate period.
After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum.
Minerva said she hoped not; they were only ridiculous little creatures, with this odd circumstance, that they had a blur, or indeterminate aspect, seen far or seen near; if you called them bad, they would appear so; if you called them good, they would appear so; and there was no one person or action among them, which would not puzzle her owl, much more all Olympus, to know whether it was fundamentally bad or good.
Three were short-haired pointers, one was a Newfoundland, and the other two were mongrels of indeterminate breed.
His hair, sparse and unkempt of growth, was as indeterminate and colorless as his complexion.
as vertices, and causalities or indeterminates as edges.
Regarding our column on indeterminates ("Whatsisnames and Thingamajigs" VERBATIM XXIX/2), Olivier Kaiser has emailed from Paris that while quoi-que-se-soit as a synonym for "thingamagig" is not standard French, "there are actually a great many other words that serve the same purpose, such as machin, truc, bidule, as well as such combinations as machin truc, machin chouette, bidule chouette or trucmuche, all of which would be apt translations for thingamajig and the like.
Kilgore-Norquest and Sneller (2000) developed near-isogenic soybean lines (derived from 'Williams 82' x 'Narow' and 'R85-336' x 'Waiters') that contrasted in stem growth habit, and found that final height of indeterminates was greater than that of determinates in both nonirrigated and irrigated May and June plantings in Arkansas.
The new dwarf indeterminates not only produce all season long but in midsummer stay a compact 4 feet tall.
Interindeterminacy Two predicates like "is A" and "is B" are interindeterminates if and only if there is an individual x such that it is indeterminate whether x is A and, at the same time, it is indeterminate whether x is B.
If you have a small garden and want to try an indeterminate," sharp pruning will squeeze it in.