- 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.
Origin of additive
Related formsad·di·tive·ly, adverbin·ter·ad·di·tive, adjectivesub·ad·di·tive, adjectivesub·ad·di·tive·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for additive
These quantities are additive for years after 1800, and subtractive for years before that epoch.Astrology|Sepharial
By a most remarkable coincidence, the Egyptians, as the Mayas, considered these additive five days unlucky.Vestiges of the Mayas|Augustus Le Plongeon
The chief mixtures of two of the "additive" primaries produce the "subtractive" primaries.Artificial Light|M. Luckiesh
The additive effect of stimulus of light and gravity is seen illustrated in figure 180.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
From these it is obvious that the result is due to the additive effects of many simple illusions of angle.Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh