The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
(countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
(countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
(countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.
* cellular determination
(obsolete, or, historical) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
* 1946 , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy , ch. 1
Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
Something in which one is keenly interested.
* 1968 , Central States Archaeological Journal (volumes 15-16, page 154)
- The intoxication that they sought was that of ‘enthusiasm ’, of union with the god.
* 2012 , Nicholas Joll, Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (page 23)
- My main enthusiasm is attending and seeing the progress and interest of collectors, to meet old friends, and hopefully to make new friends.
- Other Adamsian enthusiasms included: fast cars; restaurants; Bach, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits;