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implicit function


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A function whose value can only be computed indirectly from one or more of the independent variables. For example, in the equation x2 + y2 = 1, y is an implicit function of x.

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  • noun mathematics Any function that is not formulated in a way that the value may be directly calculated from the independent variable


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