determinant[dē tʉr′mi nənt, di-]
- The definition of a determinant is something that determines an outcome or result of something.
- When your boss' opinion is ultimately the only opinion that matters in making a decision in your office, this is an example of a determinant.
- If you have a specific gene that is dominant and that always determines what a person's eye color will be, this is an example of a determinant.
Origin of determinantClassical Latin determinans, present participle of determinare
- a thing or factor that determines
- Math. the sum of the products formed from a square matrix in accordance with certain laws
- An influencing or determining element or factor: “Education is the second most important determinant of recreational participation” (John P. Robinson).
- Mathematics The value computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume.
- Immunology An epitope.
- A determining factor; an element that determines the nature of something
- (linear algebra) The unique scalar function over square matrices which is distributive over matrix multiplication, multilinear in the rows and columns, and takes the value of 1 for the unit matrix. Abbreviation: det
- (biology) A substance that causes a cell to adopt a particular fate.
(comparative more determinant, superlative most determinant)
- Serving to determine or limit; determinative.