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Definition: indefinite vowel
, a. [L. neutralis, fr. neuter. See Neuter
1. Not engaged on either side; not taking part with or
assisting either of two or more contending parties;
The heart can not possibly remain neutral, but
constantly takes part one way or the other.
2. Neither good nor bad; of medium quality; middling; not
decided or pronounced.
Some things good, and some things ill, do seem,
And neutral some, in her fantastic eye. --Sir J.
3. (Biol.) Neuter. See Neuter
, a., 3.
4. (Chem.) Having neither acid nor basic properties; unable
to turn red litmus blue or blue litmus red; -- said of
certain salts or other compounds. Contrasted with acid
, Neutral surface
(Mech.), that line or
plane, in a beam under transverse pressure, at which the
fibers are neither stretched nor compressed, or where the
longitudinal stress is zero. See Axis
(Mech.), the kind of equilibrium of a
body so placed that when moved slighty it neither tends to
return to its former position not depart more widely from
it, as a perfect sphere or cylinder on a horizontal plane.
(Chem.), a salt formed by the complete
replacement of the hydrogen in an acid or base; in the
former case by a positive or basic, in the latter by a
negative or acid, element or radical.
, a bluish gray pigment, used in water colors,
made by mixing indigo or other blue some warm color. the
shades vary greatly.
, the vowel element having an obscure and
indefinite quality, such as is commonly taken by the vowel
in many unaccented syllables. It is regarded by some as
identical with the [u^] in up, and is called also the
, as unformed by art and effort; it is also
called the indefinite vowel
. It is symbolized in some
phonetic alphabets by the schwa
([schwa]). See Guide to
Pronunciation, [sect] 17.