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Definitions of reduction

  1. the act of decreasing or reducing something
  2. any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion ( as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent
  3. the act of reducing complexity
  4. The act of reducing, or state of being reduced; conversion to a given state or condition; diminution; conquest; as, the reduction of a body to powder; the reduction of things to order; the reduction of the expenses of government; the reduction of a rebellious province.
  5. The act or process of reducing. See Reduce, v. t., 6. and To reduce an equation, To reduce an expression, under Reduce, v. t.
  6. The correction of observations for known errors of instruments, etc.
  7. The preparation of the facts and measurements of observations in order to deduce a general result.
  8. The process of making a copy of something, as a figure, design, or draught, on a smaller scale, preserving the proper proportions.
  9. The bringing of a syllogism in one of the so- called imperfect modes into a mode in the first figure.
  10. The act, process, or result of reducing; as, the reduction of iron from its ores; the reduction of aldehyde from alcohol.
  11. The operation of restoring a dislocated or fractured part to its former place.
  12. The act of lessening, degrading, or changing the form of; the state of being lessened, degraded, or changed in form; conquest; as, the reduction of a fort.
  13. The act of reducing or the condition of being reduced.
  14. Replacing a part which has been displaced.
  15. Act of reducing or state of being reduced: diminution: subjugation: a rule for changing numbers or quantities from one denomination to another.
  16. Act of reducing; diminution; change of numbers to their equivalents in other denominations.
  17. The act of reducing, or its result.
  18. The act of reducing, or state of being reduced; diminution; subjugation; the bringing of numbers of different denominations into one.
  19. The act of reducing or being reduced; diminution; conquest; the operation of changing from one denomination into another without altering the value; in alg., the operation of solving an equation by bringing the unknown quantity to the one side, and the known quantities to the other; the collection of observations to obtain a general result; the operation of separating a metal from the ore; the operation of restoring a dislocated or fractured part to its former place; a rule in arithmetic.
  20. The halving of the number of chromosomes in germ - nuclei during maturation; meiotic division.
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Usage examples for reduction

  1. Further improvements in the processes of reduction will doubtless increase the mining area, by making it worth while to develop mines where the percentage of metal to rock is now too small to yield a dividend. – Impressions of South Africa by James Bryce
  2. This measure is now well nigh universal and in America at least has played a tremendous part in the reduction of infant mortality, especially during the summer months. – The Vitamine Manual by Walter H. Eddy
  3. This was a reduction from the war footing of fifteen thousand men. – History of the United Netherlands, 1609 by John Lothrop Motley
  4. Economy was, of course, the cause of this continued process of reduction, for, until recently, such gigantic military establishments as those of Germany, Russia, and France were unheard of; and Great Britain was satisfied, and felt secure, with a miniature army, a paper militia, and no reserve. – The History of the First West India Regiment by A. B. Ellis
  5. How, then, will a reduction of the population prevent poverty? – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  6. But all new and necessary construction was abandoned, maintenance was neglected, and equipment run down under forced reduction of expenses. – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  7. The Democratic Party has failed completely to relieve the people of the burden of unnecessary taxation, by a wise reduction of the surplus. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  8. " I don't think I understand what you mean," Katharine repeated, and then she was obliged to stop and answer some one who wished to know whether she would buy a ticket for an opera from them, at a reduction. – Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  9. Political emancipation is the reduction of man, on the one side, to the member of bourgeois society, to the egoistic, independent individual, on the other side, to the citizen, to the moral person. – Selected Essays by Karl Marx
  10. Sir Carte added, that the works might of course be stopped, but that there was no possible way of reducing them, with any deference to the original design, scale, and style; that he had already given instructions not to proceed with the furniture until further notice, but regretted to observe that the orders were so advanced that he feared it was too late to make any sensible reduction. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  11. " It only needs a reduction of 10 per cent. – The Air Trust by George Allan England
  12. I make no reduction for lessons wholly or partly missed. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  13. The wind resistance caused a growing speed reduction. – Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane by Roy Rockwood
  14. The reduction of thought to terms of action, here implied, is a serious step. – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  15. Cavalry horses were taken to overcome the difficulty and this caused a reduction of the strength of the cavalry regiments without being of much service to the artillery. – Napoleon's Campaign in Russia Anno 1812 by Achilles Rose
  16. Before it is taken to the reduction- works the alumina is separated from all other substances. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  17. She may have felt indisposed for the loneliness of her own room, with that empty chair; and yet that a company of three would bear reduction, all that called for saying having been said twice and again. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  18. It is to be expected that public discussion will in regard to demands of this nature create an opinion resulting in their reduction if not disappearance. – Face to Face with Kaiserism by James W. Gerard
  19. No change, however, was made in the system of customs, and it was not until 1803, in the reign of Alexander, that a reduction of one- fourth was made in the duties imposed by the general tariff on all exports and imports in the harbours of the Black Sea. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  20. It is gratifying also to note that during the year a considerable reduction is shown in the expenditures of the Government. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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