De*ter"mi*nant, n. 1. That which serves to determine; that which causes determination.
(Math.) The sum of a series of products of several numbers, these products being formed according to certain specified laws; thus, the
determinant of the nine numbers
a, b, c,a, b, c,a, b, c,
is a b c - a b c + a b c] - a b c + a b c. The determinant is written by placing the numbers from which it is formed in a square between two vertical lines. The theory of determinants forms a very important branch of modern mathematics.
(Logic) A mark or attribute, attached to the subject or predicate, narrowing the extent of both, but rendering them more definite and precise.
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