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in·verse /(ˌ)ɪnˈvɚ/

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inverse

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From: Network Terminology

inverse

反 逆

In·verse a.

1. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; -- opposed to direct.

2. Bot. Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual.

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*.

**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 : : ⅓ : ⅙, or 4 : 2 : : 3 : 6, __inversely__.

In·verse, n. That which is inverse.

*Thus the course of human study is the inverse of the course of things in nature.* --*Tatham.*

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

inverse

adj 1: reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

[syn: reverse]

2: 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)" [ant: direct]

n : something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when

the direct approach failed he tried the inverse" [syn: opposite]