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unknown

Maths a variable, or the quantity it represents, the value of which is to be discovered by solving an equation; a variable in a conditional equation
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unknown

i. A code meaning the information is not available.
ii. An unidentified target.
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The 'we' includes the human and the non-human animal worlds, and this unknownness occurs at the levels of corporeality, inner and imaginary life.
His appeal, aside from his own behavior, was clearly tied to his good looks, his rural background, his spunk, and his unknownness. As a result of public interest in the "kid flyer," hundreds of spectators braved the rainy early morning of May 20, 1927, when Lindbergh managed to get the gas-laden Spirit of St.
"On Inventing Unknownness: The Poetry of Disenchanted Reenchantment." To appear in French Forum 33.1-2 (2008): 15-34.
l'inconnu," something having the quality of unknownness; it
1982) ("Clearly, the CAD/CAM system as such, as the combination of three generally known subsystems, does not achieve the degree of novelty or 'unknownness' needed for a trade secret.").
Finally, in contrast to the many other literary instances of the myth of the virgin land (always a land of promise and hope), emptiness and "unknownness" in the short story do not promise anything.