1. Having defined limits; not uncertain or arbitrary; fixed; established; definite.
Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet. --Dryden.
2. Conclusive; decisive; positive.
The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. --Acts ii. 23.
3. Determined or resolved upon. [Obs.]
My determinate voyage. --Shak.
4. Of determined purpose; resolute. [Obs.]
More determinate to do than skillful how to do. --Sir P. Sidney.
Determinate inflorescence Bot., that in which the flowering commences with the terminal bud of a stem, which puts a limit to its growth; -- also called centrifugal inflorescence.
Determinate problem Math., a problem which admits of a limited number of solutions.
Determinate quantities, Determinate equations Math., those that are finite in the number of values or solutions, that is, in which the conditions of the problem or equation determine the number.
1. A flowering; the putting forth and unfolding of blossoms.
2. Bot. (a) The mode of flowering, or the general arrangement and disposition of the flowers with reference to the axis, and to each other. (b) An axis on which all the buds are flower buds.
Inflorescence affords an excellent characteristic mark in distinguishing the species of plants. --Milne.
Centrifugal inflorescence, determinate inflorescence.
Centripetal inflorescence, indeterminate inflorescence. See under Determinate, and Indeterminate.