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Definitions of inverse

  1. something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. That which is inverse. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. INVERSELY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. (mathematics) varying in a manner opposite to that of another quantity; "a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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)" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; - opposed to direct. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Opposite in tendency, direction, or effect; turned upside down. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Inverted: in the reverse or contrary order: opposite. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. In the opposite or contrary order. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Opposite in order or effect; inverted; reciprocal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Inverted; reciprocal. Inverse ratio, the ratio of the reciprocals of two quantities. Inverse proportion, an equality between a direct ratio and an inverse ratio; the rule of three or proportion, applied in a reverse or contrary order. See Invert. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Placed in contrary order; opposed to direct; in bot., having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of what is usual. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. If time be left out of account, or if species be considered as permanent, then the inverse ratio between individuation and genesis holds absolutely, but each advance in individual development implies an economy: the advantage must exceed the cost, else it would not be perpetuated. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  2. As yet the " leprosy of decorations," as Dr. Seton Watson describes the outbreak of coloured ribbons on manly chests, its spread in inverse ratio to danger incurred, has not assumed undue proportions- but who knows? – From a Terrace in Prague by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
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