Determinate 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Conclusive; decisive; positive. [1913 Webster]

The determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. --Acts ii. 23. [1913 Webster]

3. Determined or resolved upon. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

My determinate voyage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Of determined purpose; resolute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

More determinate to do than skillful how to do. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

{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. [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

  • 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Determinate equations — 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

  • Determinate problem — 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

  • Determinate quantities — 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

  • Inflorescence — In flo*res cence, n. [L. inflorescens, p. pr. of inflorescere to begin to blossom; pref. in in + florescere to begin to blossom: cf. F. inflorescence. See {Florescent}.] 1. A flowering; the putting forth and unfolding of blossoms. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inflorescence — inflorescent, adj. /in flaw res euhns, floh , fleuh /, n. 1. a flowering or blossoming. 2. Bot. a. the arrangement of flowers on the axis. b. the flowering part of a plant. c. a flower cluster. d. flowers collectively. [1750 60; < NL… …   Universalium

  • determinate — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin determinatus, past participle of determinare Date: 14th century 1. having defined limits < a determinate period of time > 2. definitely settled < a determinate order of precedence > 3 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • determinate — determinately, adv. determinateness, n. adj. /di terr meuh nit/; v. /di terr meuh nayt /, adj., v., determinated, determinating. adj. 1. having defined limits; definite. 2. settled; positive. 3. conclusive; final. 4. resolute …   Universalium

  • determinate — de•ter•mi•nate [[t]dɪˈtɜr mə nɪt[/t]] adj. 1) having defined limits; definite 2) settled; positive 3) conclusive; final 4) bot (of an inflorescence) having the primary and each secondary stem ending in a flower or bud • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME… …   From formal English to slang

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