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additive

[ad-i-tiv]
noun
1.
something that is added, as one substance to another, to alter or improve the general quality or to counteract undesirable properties: an additive that thins paint.
2.
Nutrition.
a.
Also called food additive. a substance added directly to food during processing, as for preservation, coloring, or stabilization.
b.
something that becomes part of food or affects it as a result of packaging or processing, as debris or radiation.
adjective
3.
characterized or produced by addition; cumulative: an additive process.
4.
Mathematics. (of a function) having the property that the function of the union or sum of two quantities is equal to the sum of the functional values of each quantity; linear.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Late Latin additīvus. See additament, -ive

additively, adverb
interadditive, adjective
subadditive, adjective
subadditively, adverb
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additive (ˈædɪtɪv)
 
adj
1.  characterized or produced by addition; cumulative
 
n
2.  any substance added to something to improve it, prevent deterioration, etc
3.  short for food additive
 
[C17: from Late Latin additīvus, from addere to add]

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additive
1690s, adj., "tending to be added," from L. additivus "added, annexed," from pp. stem of addere (see addition). Noun meaning "something that is added" to a chemical solution or food product is recorded from 1945.
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additive ad·di·tive (ād'ĭ-tĭv)
n.
A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it.


ad'di·tive adj.
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additive   (ād'ĭ-tĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
Noun   A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it. Additives are used for a variety of reasons. They are added to food, for example, to enhance taste or color or to prevent spoilage. They are added to gasoline to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, and to plastics to enhance molding capability.

Adjective  
  1. Relating to the production of color by the mixing of light rays of varying wavelengths. ◇ The additive primaries red, green, and blue are those colors whose wavelengths can be mixed in different proportions to produce all other spectral colors. Compare subtractive. See Note at color.

  2. Mathematics Marked by, produced by, or involving addition.


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