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INVERSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inverse mean? 

INVERSE (noun)
  The noun INVERSE has 1 sense:

1. something inverted in sequence or character or effect

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


INVERSE (adjective)
  The adjective INVERSE has 2 senses:

1. reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
2. opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

  Familiarity information: INVERSE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INVERSE (noun)


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Meaning:

Something inverted in sequence or character or effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

inverse; opposite

Context example:

when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse

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

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)

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

additive inverse ((mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5)

multiplicative inverse; reciprocal ((mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7)


INVERSE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

Synonyms:

inverse; reverse

Similar:

backward (directed or facing toward the back or rear)


Sense 2inverse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

Context example:

a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)

Similar:

reciprocal (of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function)

Domain category:

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

Antonym:

direct (similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity)


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