inverse (ɪnˈvɜːs, ˈɪnvɜːs) | |
—adj | |
1. | opposite or contrary in effect, sequence, direction, etc |
2. | maths |
a. (of a relationship) containing two variables such that an increase in one results in a decrease in the other: the volume of a gas is in inverse ratio to its pressure | |
b. (of an element) operating on a specified member of a set to produce the identity of the set: the additive inverse element of x is --x, the multiplicative inverse element of x is 1/x | |
3. | (usually prenominal) upside-down; inverted: in an inverse position |
—n | |
4. | maths |
a. another name for reciprocal | |
b. an inverse element | |
5. | logic a categorial proposition derived from another by changing both the proposition and its subject from affirmative to negative, or vice versa, as all immortals are angels from no mortals are angels |
[C17: from Latin inversus, from invertere to | |
in'versely | |
—adv |