Meaning of determinate

de•ter•mi•nate

Pronunciation: (adj.di-tûr'mu-nitv.di-tûr'mu-nāt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
—adj.
  1. having defined limits; definite.
  2. settled; positive.
  3. conclusive; final.
  4. resolute.
  5. (of an inflorescence) having the primary and each secondary axis ending in a flower or bud, thus preventing further elongation.
    1. (of a structure) able to be analyzed completely by means of the principles of statics.
    2. (of a member of a structure) subject only to definite, known stresses.
    3. (of a stress) able to be determined through the principles of statics.
—v.t.
  1. to make certain of.
  2. to identify.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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