- (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase in one results in a decrease in another. A term is said to be in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases).
- of or relating to an inverse function.Compare direct(def 16).
- an element of an algebraic system, as a group, corresponding to a given element such that its product or sum with the given element is the identity element.
- inverse function.
- a point related to a given point so that it is situated on the same radius, extended if necessary, of a given circle or sphere and so that the product of the distances of the two points from the center equals the square of the radius of the circle or sphere.
- the set of such inverses of the points of a given set, as the points on a curve.
verb (used with object), in·versed, in·vers·ing.
Origin of inverse
Examples from the Web for inverse
Contemporary Examples of inverse
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
This is an inverse Pietà, and something of a sexual anarchist; she ardently refuses to be oriented in an orientation.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
The meme is the inverse of Harvey Milk: you gotta take away all their hope.D.C. Needs a Grassroots Fix That Will Come When Left and Right Find Common Ground
February 9, 2014
There is an inverse correlation at play: the nicer a man appears, the greater his cruelty behind closed doors.American Dreams, 1963: ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy
July 25, 2013
Whatever the answer, the inverse desire for unlikable characters—truly despicable ones—is interesting.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
Historical Examples of inverse
The principle of the siphon recorder is exactly the inverse of the mirror galvanometer.Heroes of the Telegraph
The inverse is also true, for good intentions often have evil results.The Sexual Question
The meagreness or negativeness of their content has been in an inverse ratio to their power.The Republic
His lickings are in inverse ratio to the size of the licked.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
That is of course calculated under the law of the inverse square.Time and Tide
Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
- (of a relationship) containing two variables such that an increase in one results in a decrease in the otherthe volume of a gas is in inverse ratio to its pressure
- (of an element) operating on a specified member of a set to produce the identity of the set: the additive inverse element of x is –x, the multiplicative inverse element of x is 1/x
- another name for reciprocal (def. 7)
- an inverse element
Word Origin for inverse
mid-15c., from Latin inversus, past participle of invertere (see invert). Related: Inversely. As a noun, 1680s, from the adjective.