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. [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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  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Quantities — Quantity Quan ti*ty, n.; pl. {Quantities}. [F. quantite, L. quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow, E. how, who. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the property of being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Known quantities — Quantity Quan ti*ty, n.; pl. {Quantities}. [F. quantite, L. quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow, E. how, who. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the property of being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unknown quantities — Quantity Quan ti*ty, n.; pl. {Quantities}. [F. quantite, L. quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow, E. how, who. See {Who}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the property of being… …   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

  • History of algebra — Elementary algebra is the branch of mathematics that deals with solving for the operands of arithmetic equations. Modern or abstract algebra has its origins as an abstraction of elementary algebra. Historians know that the earliest mathematical… …   Wikipedia

  • angiosperm — /an jee euh sperrm /, n. Bot. a plant having its seeds enclosed in an ovary; a flowering plant. Cf. gymnosperm. [ANGIO + SPERM] * * * ▪ plant Introduction       any member of the more than 300,000 species of flowering plants (division Anthophyta) …   Universalium

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