inverse function

noun Mathematics.

the function that replaces another function when the dependent and independent variables of the first function are interchanged for an appropriate set of values of the dependent variable. In y = sin x and x = arc sin y, the inverse function of sine is arc sine.

Nearby words

  1. inverness-shire,
  2. inverse,
  3. inverse cosecant,
  4. inverse cosine,
  5. inverse cotangent,
  6. inverse image,
  7. inverse square law,
  8. inverse-square law,
  9. inversely,
  10. inversion

Origin of inverse function

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019