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Botany
a. denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
b. (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
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His hazy awareness was no more than an awareness of something--which, by the way, corresponds very fairly with the hazy awareness of the average human of the mysteries of birth and death and of the beyondness about which they have no definiteness of comprehension.
Unaccustomed to action or responsibility,--full of horror at what she had seen, and afraid to inquire, or almost to imagine, how it had come to pass,--affrighted at the fatality which seemed to pursue her brother,--stupefied by the dim, thick, stifling atmosphere of dread which filled the house as with a death-smell, and obliterated all definiteness of thought,--she yielded without a question, and on the instant, to the will which Clifford expressed.
They went their ways with great haste and definiteness, withal there was a curious indecision in their movements, as though they expected the buildings to topple over on them or the sidewalks to sink under their feet or fly up in the air.
Plato's doctrine of ideas has attained an imaginary clearness and definiteness which is not to be found in his own writings.
In speech and especially in literature, most of all in poetry, they were given to abstractness of thought and expression, intended to secure elegance, but often serving largely to substitute superficiality for definiteness and significant meaning.
There are faces that call your attention by a cu- rious want of definiteness in their whole aspect, as, walking in a mist, you peer attentively at a vague shape which, after all, may be nothing more cu- rious or strange than a signpost.
Take, for the sake of definiteness, the remembering of a past event.
This means, the IBP said, the subpoena powers given to the the PNP chief or the CIDG director or deputy director for administration 'is subject to the same tests-test of relevancy and test of definiteness.
Purepecha (1) (ISO 639: tsz) does not have a definite article or a marker of simple definiteness (LYONS, 1999).
The definiteness requirement forces applicants to describe their inventions in unambiguous terms so that other inventors will understand the scope of granted patent rights.
It was the mystery of these men's alertness that caught our eyes and held us there, their ability to withstand cold temperatures, but also the overlap between pleasure and religious belief, the overwhelming pang of longing to see two worlds at once, our young and future self, the fascinating definiteness of the men's half-naked bodies and the unfixedness of our recent sensibilities.
Counterfactual Definiteness (CFD) and Locality: These two columns have an important relationship because the standard reading of Bell's Theorem states that quantum mechanics can admits of a world that has CFD or locality but not both (an interpretation such as Copenhagen that admits neither CFD or Locality is allowed, of course) [7,14].