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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A function whose relation to the variable is given by an equation for which the function has not been solved explicitly. For example, in the equation x2 + y2 = 1, y is an implicit function of x.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Function.
  • n. a quantity whose relation to the variable is expressed indirectly by an equation; thus, y in the equation x2 + y2 = 100 is an implicit function of x.

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