- of or relating to a polynomial that cannot be factored.
- of or relating to a group that cannot be written as the direct product of two of its subgroups.
- irreducible hernia,
Origin of irreducible
Examples from the Web for irreducible
But essences appear precisely when all inventions are rescinded and the irreducible manifest datum is disclosed.Soliloquies in England|George Santayana
You know, to men like your father convictions are irreducible elements—they can't be split up, and differently combined.Tales Of Men And Ghosts|Edith Wharton
As to whether the electrons themselves, in their turn, are irreducible units, there may be room for doubt.Religion and Science|John Charlton Hardwick
I may say that we are coming to regard Mrs. Freere as a comparative reformation—as the irreducible minimum.Second String|Anthony Hope
There was one peculiarly stubborn and irreducible class of facts which he took up and gave much thought to during this period.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1|William James
- (of a polynomial) unable to be factorized into polynomials of lower degree, as (x ² + 1)
- (of a radical) incapable of being reduced to a rational expression, as √(x + 1)