In common conversation, ambiguity is a negative term applied to a vague or equivocal expression when precision would be more useful Sometimes, however, intentional ambiguity in literature can be a powerful device, leaving something undetermined in order to open up multiple possible meanings When we refer to literary ambiguity, we refer to any wording, action, or symbol that can be read in divergent ways
This means 'more than one possible meaning' The rules of grammar exist to allow a structure of words to be created that has a single meaning, i e to be unambiguous Here is an ungrammatical sentence that was an actual warning notice at the bottom of an escalator: 'Dogs must be carried on the escalator' What does this mean? Are you allowed to ride on the escalator without a dog in your arms?
Terms or words in an insurance policy which make the meaning unclear or which can be interpreted in more than one way The general rule of law is that any ambiguity in the policy is construed against the insurer and in favor of the insured This is because the contract is one of adhesion; that is, the insured must adhere to what the insurer has written If the insurance does not make its contract clear, it is responsible
a statement with two or more meanings that may seem to exclude one another in the context Grammatical ambiguity (amphibologia) occurs where a word has two or more possible word classes For example, in "BILL POSTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED," the words "BILL POSTERS" could be either adjective and common noun or a proper name Lexical ambiguity arises where one word has multiple senses (polysemous terms) or when two different words have the same sound (homonyms) Thus "present" is polysemous because it means both `current time' and `gift,' and "which" and "witch" are homonyms
For chain letters: contradictory statements and testimonials, or a lack of specificity, concerning what recipient behavior may or may not produce good or bad luck For example, will merely passing on the received copy avoid bad luck? Must you meet the deadline to receive good luck for distributing copies? Also misleading details concerning the possible national or religious source of a chain letter Might "Bishop Lawrence," a well known Episcopalian to Protestant readers in 1905, appear to be Catholic to Catholic readers [US, 1905]? Ambiguity apparently increases propagation by accommodating multiple interpretations
- An expression in a given context is ambiguous (or is used ambiguously) if and only ifÂ it is misleading or potentially misleading because it is hard to determine which of a number of possible meanings is intended in that context
This problem occurs while defining search patterns for a category system (dictionary) Because search patterns have to be defined unique, ambiguity must not occur Example: pot This can mean the same as a cup, but it can also mean a certain drug The search pattern ' pot ' is ambiguous It makes sense that you examine the context by doing a concordance of the text unit
The unknown integer number of cycles of the reconstructed carrier phase contained in an unbroken set of measurements from a single satellite pass at a single receiver
Allows for two or more simultaneous interpretations of a word, phrase, action, or situation, all of which can be supported by the context of a work Deliberate ambiguity can contribute to the effectiveness and richness of a work, for example, in the open-ended conclusion to Hawthornes "Young Goodman Brown " However, unintentional ambiguity obscures meaning and can confuse readers
An ambiguity is a situation where more than one meaning is possible in a sentence We consider three types of ambiguity: word-sense ambiguity structural ambiguity referential ambiguity There can be situations where more than one of these is present
Terms or words in an insurance policy which make the meaning unclear or which can be interpreted in more than one way The rule of law is that any ambiguity in the policy is construed against the insurer and in favor of the insured This is because the contract is one of adhesion; that is, the insured must adhere to what the insurer has written If the insurance does not make its contract clear, it is responsible (G)
Applied to words and expressions, the state of being doubtful or indistinct in meaning or capable of being understood in more than one way (See also Denotation, Paronomasia, Pun) (Compare Connotation)
The quality of having more than one possible meaning or interpretation In case of ambiguity between more than one valid goal within 200 m of the co-ordinates, the goal achieving the least advantageous result will be place upon a competitor's declaration 12 1 3
In global satellite navigation technology, the ambiguity refers to the initial bias in the carrier-phase observation of an arbitrary number of wave cycles Ambiguity is the uncertainty of the number of cycles a receiver is attempting to count If the wavelength is known, the distance to a satellite can be computed once the number of cycles is established by processing the global navigation satellite signal's carrier phase
the initial bias in a carrier-phase observation of an arbitrary number of cycles; the uncertainty of the number of cycles a receiver is attempting to count If wavelength is known, the distance to a satellite can be computed once the number of cycles is established via carrier-phase processing
The openness of a word or claim to more than one interpretation; the quality of possessing more than one meaning
A term, or sentence, is ambiguous when it has two or more distinctly different interpretations Examples: (1) "She has gone to the bank " ("River bank" or "financial institution"?) (2) "Flying planes can be dangerous " ("Flying a plane can be dangerous" or "Planes flying [overhead] can be dangerous [to the persons below them]"?
- An expression in a given context is ambiguous (or is used ambiguously) if and only if it is misleading or potentially misleading because it is hard to determine which of a number of possible meanings is intended in that context
- a function of connotation that allows for two or more simultaneous interpretations of a word, phrase, action or situation, all of which can be supported by the context of the work
If you say that there is ambiguity in something, you mean that it is unclear or confusing, or it can be understood in more than one way. There is considerable ambiguity about what this part of the agreement actually means. ambiguities the state of being unclear, confusing, or not certain, or things that produce this effect ambiguity in
The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression
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