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14:06 Apr 25, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: epsilonesque
Tout ca est epsilonesque.

This seems to be a common word but I don't know it and have a short deadline - no time for research!

Thanks a lot!
Rgaspari
United States
Local time: 12:05
English translation:nugatory
Explanation:
"Epsilonic" certainly isn't a common word, and I believe the sense here is "of negligible importance." I think "nugatory" captures the humorous high-soundingness.
Selected response from:

xxxJon Zuber
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Well I didn't actually USE nugatory (it sounded a bit unnatural to me) but it put me on the right track.

Thanks for your help!
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nanugatoryxxxJon Zuber
naEpsilonicConnie Leipholz


  

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42 mins
Epsilonic


Explanation:
Bonjour !

Epsilon = 5e lettre de l'alphabet grec (correspond à l'e bref) Source: Lexis, Larousse

1) Epsilon = the 5th letter of the Greek alphabet
2) an arbitrarily small positive quantity in mathematical analysis = epsilonic (adj.)
Source: Webster's

Voici mes trouvailles sur l'Internet en français, ce qui confirme la notion d'une arbitrarily small quantity:

Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur... : l' ...
... ils nageaient dans la même m..... patron de thèse aux abonnés absents, financement epsilonesque ou nul, pas de bureau ou se poser, articles ou on fait le ...
garp.univ-bpclermont.fr/guilde/Guilde/historique.html

Solution Petite Classe Reseaux locaux et Interconnexion
... à ce débit. Ceci diffère d'ethernet où le temps d'attente est epsilonesque à faible charge mais devient intolérable si la charge augmente. Problème de ...
www-lor.int-evry.fr/~pascal/Ens/PC/Lan-Interconnexion/LAN-sol.html

MEMS: La compil!
... peut ici s'appliquer... - une idee est une vraie idee pas une amelioration epsilonesque sinon on retombe bien evidemment dans le cas du doublon... Et oui, je ...
aveclafaux.freeservers.com/MEMScont.html

Anyway, Google only yields 11 occurrences, so it is a rare word.

Here's some examples in English:

[PDF] www.warwick.ac.uk/staff/David.Tall/DOT1996i_AMT_pub_EM.pdf
... juggle them quite well... [but] I was stumped by the infinitesimal subtlety of epsilonic analysis. I could read analytic proofs, remember them if I made an ...

[PDF] www.math.rutgers.edu/courses/573A/573-f00/S1/rootfind.pdf
... this condition forces n = 0 whenever n = 0, so it is just the "epsilonic" formalization of the looser statement. The advantage of the statement defined here is ...


En English, it is also rather rare.

Finally, Le Robert donne ceci :

L'epsilon est le symbole employé en mathématiques pour désigner une quantité algébrique infinitésimale, que l'on fait tendre vers zéro.

Here it is in a nutshell !

Best regards,
Connie




    Lexis, Le Petit Robert
    Webster's Internent
Connie Leipholz
Canada
Local time: 15:05
PRO pts in pair: 80
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1 hr
nugatory


Explanation:
"Epsilonic" certainly isn't a common word, and I believe the sense here is "of negligible importance." I think "nugatory" captures the humorous high-soundingness.

xxxJon Zuber
PRO pts in pair: 24
Grading comment
Well I didn't actually USE nugatory (it sounded a bit unnatural to me) but it put me on the right track.

Thanks for your help!

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