- something that is added, as one substance to another, to alter or improve the general quality or to counteract undesirable properties: an additive that thins paint.
- Also called food additive.a substance added directly to food during processing, as for preservation, coloring, or stabilization.
- something that becomes part of food or affects it as a result of packaging or processing, as debris or radiation.
- characterized or produced by addition; cumulative: an additive process.
- Mathematics. (of a function) having the property that the function of the union or sum of two quantities is equal to the sum of the functional values of each quantity; linear.
Origin of additive
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Historical Examples of additive
These quantities are additive for years after 1800, and subtractive for years before that epoch.Astrology
The first number should be additive, the second subtractive, etc.Visual Signaling
Signal Corps United States Army
The additive was relaxation and his world was to be as commonplace as the hearth.The Land of Look Behind
Paul Cameron Brown
The relationships are not arithmetical, additive, mechanical, but are vital and organic.The Value of Money
Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
The additive and subtractive methods are chiefly involved, but there is another method which is an "averaging" additive one.Artificial Light
- characterized or produced by addition; cumulative
- any substance added to something to improve it, prevent deterioration, etc
- short for food additive
Word Origin for additive
1690s, "tending to be added," from Latin additivus "added, annexed," from past participle stem of addere (see addition).
"something that is added" to a chemical solution or food product, 1945, from additive (adj.).
- A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it.
- A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it. Additives are used for a variety of reasons. They are added to food, for example, to enhance taste or color or to prevent spoilage. They are added to gasoline to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, and to plastics to enhance molding capability.
- Relating to the production of color by the mixing of light rays of varying wavelengths.♦ The additive primaries red, green, and blue are those colors whose wavelengths can be mixed in different proportions to produce all other spectral colors. Compare subtractive. See Note at color.
- Mathematics Marked by, produced by, or involving addition.