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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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But with the artist's handwritten captions for the most part neither translated nor reproduced on the wall labels or in the exhibition catalogue (apart from the original words visible within the plates themselves), the textual components of Ernst's early works suffer particular neglect, even as, for example, the exhibition's thought-provoking arrangement of pictures from his Cologne period--notable among them Celebes; Ambiguous Object, ca.
However, with the project currently at tender stage, it is to be hoped that Fretton's much admired sensibilities will be realized; that his exceptionally well considered material composition, his surprising and ambiguous scale-shifting spatial sequences, and his adaptation and synthesis of Classical and contemporary motifs will be free to express themselves, without overt self-consciousness or wilful attention-seeking pretence; rich, yet appropriately blank and suitably stoic to invite generations of new meanings, projected readings, and uses.
Part 2, on the other hand, concentrates on how major economic and financial changes of the period surface, mostly in ambiguous ways, in Rabelais' four authentic fictional books.
and his coworkers assumed that an angry facial expression indicates a clear threat to an observer if it's combined with eyes looking straight ahead, but an ambiguous threat if combined with eyes looking away.
In Tolkien's work, on the other hand, villains and heroes are always well-defined; even those who switch sides are never ambiguous, like traitors Saruman and Wormtongue, or the pitiable Boromir, who is overcome by the temptation of the ring before sacrificing his life in a redemptive act.
Antonioni's film invites audiences to study ambiguous photographic images until they became random collections of dots on a page, devoid of any definitive meaning.
is a set of proposals that may at worst be recklessly broad in scope and at best extraordinarily ambiguous and therefore burdensome to apply.
However, the context makes the whole episode ambiguous as to Rowland's beliefs.
Similarly, the Court declined to adopt the government's position that an ambiguous request for counsel constitutes an "equivocal invocation" that requires interrogators to seek clarification before further interrogation.
Adele Logan Alexander's Ambiguous Lives introduces new arguments, information, and provocative speculations, and raises significant unanswered questions pertaining to this community of racially mixed women who lived in middle Georgia.
Unfortunately, the intent of the parties to an interest guaranty all too often is ambiguous on the face of the document.
The question: How do CMBS participants, in particular servicers, manage conflicts when servicing agreements are ambiguous and therefore open to judgment and interpretation?