from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The threat or use of force to prevent, restrict, or dictate the action or thought of others.
- n. The state of being restricted or confined within prescribed bounds: soon tired of the constraint of military life.
- n. One that restricts, limits, or regulates; a check: ignored all moral constraints in his pursuit of success.
- n. Embarrassed reserve or reticence; awkwardness: "All constraint had vanished between the two, and they began to talk” ( Edith Wharton).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that constrains.
- n. A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Irresistible force, or its effect; any force or power, physical or moral, which compels to act or to forbear action; compulsion; coercion; restraint.
- n. Specifically Repression of emotion, or of the expression of one's thoughts and feelings; hence, embarrassment: as, he spoke with constraint.
- n. In analytical mechanics, the product of the mass of a particle into the square of that velocity which, compounded with the velocity the particle would have if free, would give the actual velocity.
- n. Synonyms Violence, necessity, coercion. See force, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being physically constrained
- n. a device that retards something's motion
- n. the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others
But all of them can easily fire a round every second or two; and the main constraint is the time it takes to aim again, which means that practically speaking semiautomatics and revolvers have a comparable effective rate offire.
With the shift to the constitutional stage of politics, however, this constraint is at least partially removed.
"Not having enough money [for the project] was the problem, the constraint from the beginning," explained Alejandro Aravena, Elemental's chief architect.
"Congestible" refers to goods that are nonrival for a certain amount, until a capacity constraint is reached.
For such goods, initial capital costs tend to be high, while the marginal cost of adding an additional user remains low until the capacity constraint is approached.
The firm may well reorganize to have a higher capital labor ratio as a result, but total output will be lower because the firm's new budget constraint is below the initial budget constraint, and therefore, also below the prior isoquant.
You may discover, as I have, that in design, constraint is freedom.
The constraint is simply the * formula* in the administrated program of SS that has been politically manipulated over the years so that it is now mathematically impossible to deliver what the politicians have promised, which will piss off future voters.
"The NCAA's not going to engage in constraint of trade or activities because, obviously, of legal limitations on its authority and power," he said.
On the N8, its the software that's currently the main constraint and, hopefully, with the imminent new browser and perhaps a re-written Social application, it can get a long way towards satisfying this other 'smartphone' definition - as well.
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