unknown quantity


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Noun1.unknown quantity - a factor in a given situation whose bearing and importance is not apparent; "I don't know what the new man will do; he's still an unknown quantity"
factor - anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
2.unknown quantity - a variable whose values are solutions of an equation
variable - a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
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unknown quantity

n (= person)unbekannte Größe; (Math) → Unbekannte f
References in classic literature ?
Yet it is only necessary to abandon the false view (adopted to gratify the "heroes") of the efficacy of the directions issued in wartime by commanders, in order to find this unknown quantity.
That unknown quantity is the spirit of the army, that is to say, the greater or lesser readiness to fight and face danger felt by all the men composing an army, quite independently of whether they are, or are not, fighting under the command of a genius, in two- or three-line formation, with cudgels or with rifles that repeat thirty times a minute.
This problem is only solvable if we cease arbitrarily to substitute for the unknown x itself the conditions under which that force becomes apparent- such as the commands of the general, the equipment employed, and so on- mistaking these for the real significance of the factor, and if we recognize this unknown quantity in its entirety as being the greater or lesser desire to fight and to face danger.
It is an algebraic axiom, which makes us proceed from a known to an unknown quantity, and not from an unknown to a known; but sit down, sir, I beg of you.
The seasiders have no Liverpool Competition fixture today, which is why skipper Dave Harris plans to field his virtual first team against unknown quantity Buckley.
ANDY MURRAY will face a completely unknown quantity in his opening match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO gave his backers little cause for concern in his French Open curtain-raiser when hammering Pablo Cuevas in straight sets, but his next rival Pere Riba is more of an unknown quantity, writes Adrian Humphries.
These may be small steps but the new interest in Chinese culture shows just how far things have come since the old days, when the then Soviet border was sealed and people in Kyrgyzstan regarded China as a threat and an unknown quantity, IWPR said.
3 : an unknown quantity <What is the value of x in the equation x + 2 = 6?
Like Dawkins, Chomsky calls himself an unknown quantity, but scientism is not an unknown folly.
The Kings open the season Friday in Anaheim very much an unknown quantity.
which would have placed two 100-yard boxes onsite, with an unknown quantity of C&D debris to be recycled and the remaining debris to be landfilled.