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Definitions of inverse

  1. inversely related; " 1/ 2 is the inverse of 2"
  2. something inverted in sequence or character or effect; " when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
  3. ( 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)"
  4. 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)"
  5. Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual.
  6. 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.
  7. That which is inverse.
  8. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; - opposed to direct.
  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.
  10. Opposite in tendency, direction, or effect; turned upside down.
  11. Inverted: in the reverse or contrary order: opposite.
  12. INVERSELY.
  13. In the opposite or contrary order.
  14. Opposite in order or effect; inverted; reciprocal.
  15. 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.
  16. Placed in contrary order; opposed to direct; in bot., having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of what is usual.
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Usage examples for inverse

  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
  3. The rigor he displayed in dealing with some of the smaller countries was in inverse ratio to the indulgence he practised toward the Great Powers. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  4. For more than twelve months, on every battlefield, where the bravest, the truest, the most ardent and self- sacrificing are necessarily the first to die and where the less courageous, the less generous, the weak, the ailing, in a word the less desirable, alone possess some chance of escaping the carnage, for over twelve months a sort of monstrous inverse selection has been in operation, one which seems to be deliberately seeking the downfall of the human race. – The Wrack of the Storm by Maurice Maeterlinck
  5. Intuition and intellect represent two opposite directions of the work of consciousness: intuition goes in the very direction of life, intellect goes in the inverse direction, and thus finds itself naturally in accordance with the movement of matter. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  6. The trouble is that in this country the ugliness of the grown woman seems to be in inverse ratio to her girlish beauty. – The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker
  7. But she had mentally resolved that she would inquire carefully just how distant this relative was, and then she would take means to place their Annie at a distance from the young man in an inverse ratio to the space between him and the tavern- keeper. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  8. But, on the other hand, it is equally true that attention is in inverse ratio to habit. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  9. It was necessary to prove that the geometrical order has no need of explanation, being purely and simply the suppression of the inverse order. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  10. This, together with our mixed population, in many quarters made up largely of the peoples of Southern Europe, all more or less of one type, all speaking languages which, to untrained ears at least, are almost identical one with the other, gave the Spanish spy in America a protection and freedom from suspicion and surveillance he would hardly meet with in any other country, and which, by the inverse, offered no opportunity for the American spy in Spain, had we chosen to make use of the same methods. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  11. The law of the inverse square is of course only true for a perfectly elastic and continuous medium, and the real curve of intensity is not that of the continuous line in Fig. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
  12. It is in vain that we assert that this order produces itself automatically by the interruption of the inverse order, that it is this very interruption. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  13. An order is contingent, and seems so, in relation to the inverse order, as verse is contingent in relation to prose and prose in relation to verse. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
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