- (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
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.
This is an inverse Pietà, and something of a sexual anarchist; she ardently refuses to be oriented in an orientation.
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|Lawrence Lessig|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nathaniel Rich|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the answer, the inverse desire for unlikable characters—truly despicable ones—is interesting.
It is obviously wrong to say that they vary in inverse proportion.Logic, Inductive and Deductive|William Minto
The attraction of love, I find, is in an inverse proportion to the attraction of the Newtonian philosophy.The Letters of Robert Burns|Robert Burns
At these times the Callisto recoiled slightly also, the resulting motion in either being in inverse ratio to its weight.A Journey in Other Worlds|John Jacob Astor
Needed most in the poorest home, the help of the grandmother is often appreciated in inverse ratio to the income.The Family and it's Members|Anna Garlin Spencer
All, then, that we could say would be, that the Inverse Probability was somewhat against him.The Color Line|William Benjamin Smith
British Dictionary definitions for inverse
- (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
Word Origin and History for inverse
mid-15c., from Latin inversus, past participle of invertere (see invert). Related: Inversely. As a noun, 1680s, from the adjective.