Indeterminate

Definition of Indeterminate

In`de`ter´mi`nate
a.1.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.
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.
- Gray.
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.

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