[ noun ] an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
Used in print(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
There are many types of ambiguity and many_of them have been described by rhetoricians under such names as amphibology , parisology , and other ologies .
One species of ambiguity tries to baffle by interweaving repetition .
Ambiguity of a non repetitious kind describes the dilemma one girl found herself in .
Since brevity is the soul of ambiguity as_well as wit , newspaper headlines continually provide us with amusing samples .
Apart from misplaced modifiers and headlinese , journalism contributes a wide variety of comic ambiguities in both editorial and advertising matter .
[ noun ] unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
Used in print(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
In_fact , the recent warnings about the use of X-rays have introduced fears and ambiguities of action which now require more detailed understanding , and thus in_this instance , science has momentarily aggravated our fears .