- not determinate; not precisely fixed in extent; indefinite; uncertain.
- not clear; vague.
- not established.
- not settled or decided.
- (of a quantity) undefined, as 0/0.
- (of an equation) able to be satisfied by more than one value for each unknown.
- Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the axis or axes not ending in a flower or bud, thus allowing further elongation.
- Mathematics. something whose value is not specified: used especially in abstract algebra; a variable.
Origin of indeterminate
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Examples from the Web for indeterminately
Versicolored: with several colors, indeterminately restricted.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
This word, so far as it relates to flowers, means those variegated with three or more colours irregularly and indeterminately.Poems, Volume I (of 3)
The hair was indeterminately reddish and gray and his eyes were the color of steel.The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
When he touched her wing, she gasped and shivered, indeterminately between erotic and outraged.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Rather, the smell of the place urges me indeterminately, diffusedly, to truantry.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
- uncertain in extent, amount, or nature
- not definite; inconclusivean indeterminate reply
- unable to be predicted, calculated, or deduced
- physics (of an effect) not obeying the law of causality; noncausal
- having no numerical meaning, as 0.00 or 0/0
- (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions
- botany another word for indefinite (def. 4)
- (of a structure, framework, etc) comprising forces that cannot be fully analysed, esp by vector analysis
Word Origin and History for indeterminately
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Continuing to grow at the apical meristem or the terminal bud indefinitely, allowing for the development of an ever-increasing number of plant organs such as leaves, stems, or flowers to the side.
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