Definition of Inverse

1. Noun. Something inverted in sequence or character or effect. "When the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

Exact synonyms: Opposite
Specialized synonyms: Additive Inverse, Multiplicative Inverse, Reciprocal
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition

2. Adjective. Reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect.
Exact synonyms: Reverse
Similar to: Backward
Derivative terms: Reverse, Reverse

3. Adjective. Opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity. "A term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)"
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Similar to: Reciprocal
Antonyms: Direct

Definition of Inverse

1. a. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; -- opposed to direct.

2. n. That which is inverse.

Definition of Inverse

1. Adjective. Opposite in effect or nature or order ¹

2. Adjective. reverse, opposite in or order ¹

3. Adjective. (mathematics) Having the properties of an inverse. ¹

4. Adjective. ''(Kiowa-Tanaon linguistics)'' A grammatical number marking that indicates the opposite grammatical number (or numbers) of the default number specification of noun class. ¹

5. Noun. The opposite of a given, due to contrary nature or effect. ¹

6. Noun. The reverse version of a procedure. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) The inverse of an element ''x'' with respect to a binary operation is an element that when combined with ''x'' yields the appropriate identity element. ¹

8. Noun. (context: logic) A statement constructed from the negatives of the premise and conclusion of some other statement: ~p ? ~q is the inverse of p ? q. ¹

9. Verb. (surveying) To compute the bearing and distance between two points. ¹

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Definition of Inverse

1. to reverse [v -VERSED, -VERSING, -VERSES] - See also: reverse

Medical Definition of Inverse

1. 1. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; opposed to direct. 2. Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual. 3. Opposite in nature and effect; said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity; as, multiplication is the inverse operation to division. The symbol of an inverse operation is the symbol of the direct operation with -1 as an index. Thus sin -1 x means the arc whose sine is x. Inverse figures, two points lying on a line drawn from the center of a fixed circle or sphere, and so related that the product of their distances from the center of the circle or sphere is equal to the square of the radius. Inverse, or Reciprocal, ratio, the ratio of the reciprocals of two quantities. Inverse, or Reciprocal, proportion, an equality between a direct ratio and a reciprocal ratio; thus, 4: 2:: 1/3: 1/6, or 4: 2:: 3: 6, inversely. Origin: L. Inversus, p. P. Of invertere: cf. F. Inverse. See Invert. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inverse

inverse (current term)
inverse-square law
inverse Fourier transform
inverse Fourier transforms
inverse anaphylaxis
inverse density dependence
inverse function
inverse functions
inverse hyperbolic function
inverse hyperbolic functions
inverse image
inverse images
inverse limit
inverse matrices
inverse matrix

Literary usage of Inverse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1865)
"centre of the inverse circle, but the inverse of the origin relative to the latter circle. If the primitive curve had points of inflection at the ..."

2. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1903)
"The Cause oj inverse Symmetry.—DR. EDWIN G. CONKLIN remarked that the fact that animals with totally inverse symmetry may occur within the limits of the ..."

3. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1882)
"106, that the inverse of a surface is of the order 2m, and class 3m + 2a + n = m8 ... The inverse of any plane curve is a curve on the surface of a sphere, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"It is obvious that the logarithm and the inverse trigonometric functions, eg, ... The only Abelian integrals whose inverse function is single-valued are ..."

5. An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1897)
"If y be negative, the inverse function Jy does not exist. the inverse functional ... The inverse Circular Functions. The ' goniometric' or ' inverse ..."

6. Differential and Integral Calculus by Clyde Elton Love (1916)
"In each case the second function is the inverse of the first. To construct the graph of the inverse function from that of the direct function, ..."

7. A Treatise on Human Physiology by John Call Dalton (1861)
"134. inverse current; while in No. 2 it will pass in the same direction with that of the ... 1 by the inverse current, but no movement takes place in No. 2. ..."

8. A Treatise on the Higher Plane Curves: Intended as a Sequel to A Treatise on by George Salmon (1879)
"From this definition it is easily inferred that the pedal of a curve is the inverse of its polar reciprocal, and that the first negative pedal is the polar ..."

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