suitably small

suitably small

(jargon, mathematics)
(From mathematical jargon) An expression used ironically to characterise unquantifiable behaviour that differs from expected or required behaviour. For example, suppose a newly created program came up with a correct full-screen display, and one publicly exclaimed: "It works!" Then, if the program dumped core on the first mouse click, one might add: "Well, for suitably small values of `works'."

Compare the characterisation of pi under for values of.
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Considering the full irrotational water wave system with surface tension and no gravity in two dimensions (the capillary waves systems), Ionescu and Pusateri prove global regularity and modified scattering for suitably small and localized perturbations of a flat interface.
If [E.sub.0] is suitably small, the Cauchy problem (1.1) and (1.2) has a unique global solution u(x, t) satisfying
Anyway, if you have a suitably small glass here's an idea or two of what to put in it this weekend.
"They sound like cassettes to my ears, and MP3s work by cutting out low and high frequencies, so the file size is suitably small enough - the idea being that the human ear can't hear those frequencies, so no one misses them.
Similar to the PS Vita, the Scion iQ comes loaded with premium technological features, has a focus on functionality, is concentrated into a suitably small package and most importantly is tons of fun.'
In the snug beside the bar, a suitably small space a London estate agent would doubtless call "bijou", perched a trio of regulars - Karl Harrison, Andy Pattinson, and Sam Holden.
I select suitably small pieces of material that will pass through my jaw crusher and then ball mill to appropriate fineness.
This solution can be nebulized in any small reservoir device powered by compressed air that will produce suitably small particles of 3 [micro]m to 5[micro] m.
The latest addition to the oeuvre provides a graphic demonstration of this at a suitably small scale, with a particularly telling series of images to document the process.
The b/c gap looked suitably small; all chambers fell into perfect alignment with the barrel.
Recently, Oak Ridge National Laboratory outlined 12 requirements for "The Ideal Wireless Sensor." Their number-one criteria was the need tot "adequate battery life" followed by the need to "be self powered" and "suitably small."
To estimate the mechanism of improvement in the Izod impact strengths of MOD comprising rubber with a suitably small amount of crosslinking agent (0.5% of ALMA content) and void MOD, the relationship among the whitened area, whitened degree and Izod impact strength of a test piece after the above test was studied in detail.