Meaning of INDETERMINATE
Pronunciation:   `indi'turmunit



WordNet Dictionary 

 Definition:  
 [adj] not clearly understood or expressed; "an indeterminate turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear" P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science" John Locke
 [adj] not leading to a definite ending or result; "an indeterminate campaign"
 [adj] not capable of being determined; "an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
 [adj] not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance; "of indeterminate age"; "a zillion is a large indeterminate number"; "an indeterminate point of law"; "the influence of environment is indeterminate"; "an indeterminate future"
 [adj] (botany) having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; "an indeterminate stem"
 [adj] of uncertain or ambiguous nature; "the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"


INDETERMINATE is a 13 letter word that starts with I. 
 Synonyms:   ambiguous, costplus, equivocal, inconclusive, indeterminable, obscure, openended, racemose, unclear, undeterminable, undetermined, vague 

 Antonyms:   determinate  
 See Also:   uncertain  
Webster's 1913 Dictionary 

 Definition:   \In`de*ter"mi*nate\, a. [L. indeterminatus.]
Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not
precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley.
{Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis
which has for its object the solution of indeterminate
problems.
{Indeterminate coefficients} (Math.), coefficients
arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to
facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are
subsequently determined.
{Indeterminate equation} (Math.), an equation in which the
unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values,
or sets of values. A group of equations is indeterminate
when it contains more unknown quantities than there are
equations.
{Indeterminate inflorescence} (Bot.), a mode of inflorescence
in which the flowers all arise from axillary buds, the
terminal bud going on to grow and sometimes continuing the
stem indefinitely;  called also {acropetal, botryose,
centripetal, & indefinite inflorescence}. Gray.
{Indeterminate problem} (Math.), a problem which admits of an
infinite number of solutions, or one in which there are
fewer imposed conditions than there are unknown or
required results.
{Indeterminate quantity} (Math.), a quantity which has no
fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with
any proposed condition.
{Indeterminate series} (Math.), a series whose terms proceed
by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also
with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate
coefficients.  {In`de*ter"mi*nate*ly} adv. 
{In`de*ter"mi*nate*ness}, n.


Biology Dictionary 

 Definition:   Of growth: the condition in which the terminal bud persists and produces successive lateral branches. 

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