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in·de·ter·mi·nate /ˌɪndɪˈtɚ/

(a.)不確的,不確定的,含混的

in·de·ter·mi·nate /ˌɪndɪˈtɝm(ə)nət/ 形容詞

(拉indeterminatus)無限的,不定的

From: Network Terminology

In·de·ter·mi·nate a. Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years.

**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 inflorescence, botryose inflorescence, centripetal inflorescence, and 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.

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

indeterminate

adj 1: 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" [syn: undetermined]

[ant: determinate]

2: having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; "an

indeterminate stem" [ant: determinate]

3: of uncertain or ambiguous nature; "the equivocal (or

indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"

4: not capable of being determined; "the indeterminate number

of plant species in the jungle"

5: not leading to a definite ending or result; "an

indeterminate campaign"