Meaning of incomplete

in•com•plete

Pronunciation: (in"kum-plēt'), [key]
— adj.
  1. not complete; lacking some part.
  2. (of a forward pass) not completed; not caught by a receiver.
  3. noting a truss the panel points of which are not entirely connected so as to form a system of triangles. Cf. complete (def. 8),(def. 5c).
    1. (of an expression or symbol) meaningful only in a specific context.
    2. (of a set of axioms) such that there is at least one true proposition (able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system) that is not deducible from the set. Cf. complete (def. 7).
—n.
  1. a temporary grade indicating that a student has not fulfilled one or more of the essential requirements for a course: If I don't hand in my term paper for last semester's English course, the professor is going to change my incomplete to an F.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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