Inverse
Inverse In*verse", a. [L. inversus, p. p. of invertere: cf. F. inverse. See {Invert}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; -- opposed to {direct}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual. [1913 Webster]

3. (Math.) 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 or angle whose sine is x. [1913 Webster]

{Inverse figures} (Geom.), two figures, such that each point of either figure is inverse to a corresponding point in the order figure.

{Inverse points} (Geom.), two points lying on a line drawn from the center of a fixed circle or sphere, and so related that the product of their distances from the center of the circle or sphere is equal to the square of the radius.

{Inverse ratio}, or {Reciprocal ratio} (Math.), the ratio of the reciprocals of two quantities.

{Inverse proportion}, or {Reciprocal proportion}, an equality between a direct ratio and a reciprocal ratio; thus, 4 : 2 : : 1/3 : 1/6, or 4 : 2 : : 3 : 6, inversely. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
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  • inverse — [ ɛ̃vɛrs ] adj. et n. m. • 1611; envers XIIe; lat. inversus, de invertere « retourner » I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ (Direction, ordre) Qui est exactement opposé, contraire. Dans l ordre inverse. Une relation inverse. Tourner dans le sens inve …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • inverse — [in vʉrs′, in′vʉrs΄] adj. [L inversus, pp. of invertere] 1. inverted; reversed in order or relation; directly opposite 2. Math. designating or of an operation which, when applied after a specific operation, cancels it [subtraction is the inverse… …   English World dictionary

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