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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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An ambiguous game denoted as G is a tuple G = (N, A, [THETA], M, [OMEGA], U), where
Ambiguous genitalia results from over-virilisation or masculinization of 46, XX female from androgen excess or under-virilisation or under-masculization of 46 XY male due to disorder in androgen synthesis or action [3].Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is the most common cause of female virilisation [6].
Although the ads were either ambiguous or explicit about whether wages were open to negotiations, the posted wage (usually $17.60/ hour) was identical across job ads and slightly higher than the median wage for comparable jobs in most of the cities.
Ambiguity averse agents shy away from markets for ambiguous investments, leading to reduced competition and lower prices.
Given a tree T, consider the map [[PHI].sub.T] defined on the set of non- ambiguous trees with underlying tree T as follows:
Published in 1961, Ambiguous Adventure immediately won popular acclaim and was awarded the Grand prix litteraire d'Afrique noir, but was largely unavailable until Melville House re-published it in April, artfully translated from the French by Katherine Woods, best known for her 1943 translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince.
It can certainly be a fine line between activating an audience's imagination with an ambiguous ending, and infuriating their sensibilities with willful uncertainty.
The Istiqlal said, in a statement after the weekly meeting of its Executive Committee held under the chairmanship of Secretary-General Abbas El Fassi, that "the Executive Committee affirms the right of citizens to free expression and peaceful protest under the rule of law and calls on citizens to show awareness, vigilance and not to be guided by calls to ambiguous goals."
It's a response we see all the time in humans where how we are feeling affects our judgment of ambiguous events.
They were all ambiguous and certainly meant to be deceptive."
[section] 1.512(a)-5T, which it said is enforceable because the Code section is ambiguous.
District Court in San Francisco, lawyers for baseball's home run king argue that many of the charges stem from ambiguous answers to ambiguous questions posed by prosecutors.