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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 American Model owes its wide acceptance to its ambiguousness and multiple meanings.
159) The ambiguousness of the impact of these external effects has led courts and commentators to reject congestion externalities as a source of market failure in the related context of the right of publicity.
Chief of Staff Dan Halutz decided a few months ago to replace Brigadier General Yisrael Weiss as chief rabbi, following his intentional ambiguousness during the disengagement period.
Indeed, he goes so far as to say that the very usefulness of the term is 'intimately related' to its ambiguousness, rather than 'vitiating' it.
It is, needless to say, a zone of sexual ambiguousness, but more importantly, it is a term that gave Barthes room to figure forth his entropic desire that noisy meaningfulness cease its hectoring and diminuendo back into a whisper of the banal and the imprecise and the uninterpretable.
Intensity, irony, and ambiguousness constitute a clear threat to the impassivity of the State.
Of course the ambiguousness of the eponymous leader is a fundamental aspect of Shakespeare's play, and Sadler's robust characterization paints a suitably textured picture.
The distinction between 'bad' violence and 'good' violence observed in 'la Fi Viril' participates in the ambiguousness characteristic of the sacred (Violence, pp.
An alternative would have been "homosocial"--it does once occur within the article--which refers indifferently to erotic and non-erotic male bonding; the word appeals to many precisely because of this inherent ambiguousness (214).
It is curious, therefore, that some reviewers were so anxious to read Elizabeth Costello as the work of a writer who "seems to have lost faith in the power of storytelling," "a man tormented by and disgusted with the moral ambiguousness of fiction," considering that such judgments are embarrassed by the book itself, whose very existence is evidence to the contrary.
Garbage can decision making focuses on structural aspects of the environment, such as goals and technology, as well as human conditions, such as participation, motivation, leadership, communication, and information channels, which operate to problematize an idealized rational governance process, pointing to its ambiguousness and challenges.
If so, it has one significant advantage, in that the greater the ambiguousness of a rule, the more scope power and influence will have to affect its application.