Definite inflorescence
Definite Def"i*nite, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. d['e]fini. See {Define}.] 1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval. [1913 Webster]

Elements combine in definite proportions. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

2. Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a definite word, term, or expression. [1913 Webster]

3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as, the definite article. [1913 Webster]

{Definite article} (Gram.), the article the, which is used to designate a particular person or thing, or a particular class of persons or things; -- also called a definitive. See {Definitive}, n. -

{Definite inflorescence}. (Bot.) See {Determinate inflorescence}, under {Determinate}.

{Law of definite proportions} (Chem.), the essential law of chemical combination that every definite compound always contains the same elements in the same proportions by weight; and, if two or more elements form more than one compound with each other, the relative proportions of each are fixed. Compare Law of multiple proportions, under {Multiple}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Inflorescence — of Anthurium scherzerianum. An inflorescence is a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. Strictly, it is the part of the shoot of seed plants where flowers are… …   Wikipedia

  • Definite — Def i*nite, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. d[ e]fini. See {Define}.] 1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Definite article — Definite Def i*nite, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. d[ e]fini. See {Define}.] 1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • definite — adjective Etymology: Latin definitus, past participle of definire Date: 1553 1. having distinct or certain limits < set definite standards for pupils to meet > 2. a. free of all ambiguity, uncertainty, or obsc …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • definite — definiteness, n. /def euh nit/, adj. 1. clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions. 2. having fixed limits; bounded with precision: a definite area. 3. positive; certain;… …   Universalium

  • definite — /ˈdɛfənət / (say defuhnuht) adjective 1. clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact. 2. having fixed limits; bounded with precision. 3. defining; limiting. 4. certain; sure: he was quite definite about his… …   Australian English dictionary

  • definite — def•i•nite [[t]ˈdɛf ə nɪt[/t]] adj. 1) clearly defined or determined; precise 2) having fixed limits 3) positive; certain 4) gram. cv defining; limiting 5) bot (of an inflorescence) determinate • Etymology: 1520–30; < L dēfīnītus limited,… …   From formal English to slang

  • Law of definite proportions — Definite Def i*nite, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. d[ e]fini. See {Define}.] 1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indefinite inflorescence — Indefinite In*def i*nite, a. [L. indefinitus. See {In } not, and {Definite}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure; as, an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • centrifugal inflorescence — Determinate De*ter mi*nate, a. [L. determinatus, p. p. of determinare. See {Determine}.] 1. Having defined limits; not uncertain or arbitrary; fixed; established; definite. [1913 Webster] Quantity of words and a determinate number of feet. Dryden …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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