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ADDITIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does additive mean? 

ADDITIVE (noun)
  The noun ADDITIVE has 1 sense:

1. something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine

  Familiarity information: ADDITIVE used as a noun is very rare.


ADDITIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ADDITIVE has 2 senses:

1. characterized or produced by addition
2. designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

  Familiarity information: ADDITIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADDITIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

Something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("additive" is a kind of...):

add-on; addition; improver (a component that is added to something to improve it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "additive"):

adjuvant (an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment)

artificial additive; food additive (an additive to food intended to improve its flavor or appearance or shelf-life)


ADDITIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characterized or produced by addition

Context example:

an additive process

Similar:

supplemental; supplementary (added to complete or make up a deficiency)

summational; summative (of or relating to a summation or produced by summation)

intercalary (having a day or month inserted to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year:)

incremental (increasing gradually by regular degrees or additions)

complemental; complementary; completing (acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole))

additional; extra (further or added)

addable; addible (capable of being added or added to)

accumulative; cumulative (increasing by successive addition)

Antonym:

subtractive (constituting or involving subtraction)


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Meaning:

Designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

Synonyms:

linear; additive

Similar:

bilinear (linear with respect to each of two variables or positions)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)


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