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