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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·def·i·nite /(ˌ)ɪnˈdɛfnət, ˈdɛfə-/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·def·i·nite a.
 1. Not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure; as, an indefinite time, plan, etc.
    It were to be wished that . . . men would leave off that indefinite way of vouching, =\“the chymists say this,” or “the chymists affirm that.”\=   --Boyle.
    The time of this last is left indefinite.   --Dryden.
 2. Having no determined or certain limits; large and unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited; as, indefinite space; the indefinite extension of a straight line.
    Though it is not infinite, it may be indefinite; though it is not boundless in itself, it may be so to human comprehension.   --Spectator.
 3. Boundless; infinite. [R.]
 Indefinite and omnipresent God,
 Inhabiting eternity.   --W. Thompson (1745).
 4. Bot. Too numerous or variable to make a particular enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower, and the like. Also, indeterminate.
 Indefinite article Gram., the word a or an, used with nouns to denote any one of a common or general class.
 Indefinite inflorescence. Bot. See Indeterminate inflorescence, under Indeterminate.
 Indefinite proposition Logic, a statement whose subject is a common term, with nothing to indicate distribution or nondistribution; as, Man is mortal.
 Indefinite term Logic, a negative term; as, the not-good.
 Syn: -- Inexplicit; vague; uncertain; unsettled; indeterminate; loose; equivocal; inexact; approximate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: vague or not clearly defined or stated; "must you be so
             indefinite?"; "amorphous blots of color having vague
             and indefinite edges"; "he would not answer so
             indefinite a proposal" [ant: definite]
      2: not decided or not known; "were indefinite about their
         plans"; "plans are indefinite"