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REDUCTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reduction mean? 

REDUCTION (noun)
  The noun REDUCTION has 3 senses:

1. the act of decreasing or reducing something
2. any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent
3. the act of reducing complexity

  Familiarity information: REDUCTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REDUCTION (noun)


Sense 1reduction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of decreasing or reducing something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reduction; step-down; diminution; decrease

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

change of magnitude (the act of changing the amount or size of something)

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

deduction; subtraction (the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole))

deflation (the act of letting the air out of something)

deduction; discount; price reduction (the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise)

rollback (reducing prices back to some earlier level)

weakening (the act of reducing the strength of something)

depreciation (a decrease in price or value)

contraction (the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope)

reverse split; reverse stock split; split down (a decrease in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity)

amortisation; amortization (the reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years)

declassification (reduction or removal by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon)

shelter; tax shelter (a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings)

shrinking (the act of becoming less)

shortening (act of decreasing in length)

cut (the act of reducing the amount or number)

mitigation; moderation (the action of lessening in severity or intensity)

lowering (the act of causing to become less)

cutback (a reduction in quantity or rate)

devaluation (the reduction of something's value or worth)

devitalisation; devitalization (the act of reducing the vitality of something)

extenuation; mitigation; palliation (to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious)

alleviation; easement; easing; relief (the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance))

de-escalation ((war) a reduction in intensity (of a crisis or a war))

minimisation; minimization (the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position)

depletion (the act of decreasing something markedly)

tax credit (a direct reduction in tax liability (not dependent on the taxpayer's tax bracket))


Sense 2reduction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

reducing; reduction

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

chemical reaction; reaction ((chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others)


Sense 3reduction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of reducing complexity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reduction; simplification

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

change (the action of changing something)

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

schematisation; schematization (the act of reducing to a scheme or formula)


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