7b4d Inverse - Definition of Inverse at Define.com Dictionary and Thesaurus (define Inverse)
 A:link {color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:active{color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:visited{color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:hover{color:inherit;text-decoration: underline;font-style:inherit} From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]: Inverse \In"verse\, noun That which is inverse. Thus the course of human study is the inverse of the course of things in nature. --Tatham. From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]: Inverse \In*verse"\, adjective [L. inversus, p. p. of invertere: cf. F. inverse. See {Invert}.] 1. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; -- opposed to {direct}. 2. (Bot.) Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual. 3. (Math.) Opposite in nature and effect; -- said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity; as, multiplication is the inverse operation to division. The symbol of an inverse operation is the symbol of the direct operation with -1 as an index. Thus sin-1 x means the arc or angle whose sine is x. {Inverse figures} (Geom.), two figures, such that each point of either figure is inverse to a corresponding point in the order figure. {Inverse points} (Geom.), two points lying on a line drawn from the center of a fixed circle or sphere, and so related that the product of their distances from the center of the circle or sphere is equal to the square of the radius. {Inverse ratio}, or {Reciprocal ratio} (Math.), the ratio of the reciprocals of two quantities. {Inverse proportion}, or {Reciprocal proportion}, an equality between a direct ratio and a reciprocal ratio; thus, 4 : 2 : : 1/3 : 1/6, or 4 : 2 : : 3 : 6, inversely. From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:adjective 1: reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect [syn: {reverse}] 2: opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity ; "a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)" [ant: {direct}] noun 1: something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse" [syn: {opposite}]From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]: From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]: inverse Given a {function}, f : D -> C, a function g : C -> D is called a left inverse for f if for all d in D, g (f d) = d and a right inverse if, for all c in C, f (g c) = c and an inverse if both conditions hold. Only an {injection} has a left inverse, only a {surjection} has a right inverse and only a {bijection} has inverses. The inverse of f is often written as f with a -1 superscript. (1996-03-12) Define.com is a registered nonprofit corporation dedicated solely to the global public interest and the advancement of humanity. It belongs to all of us who have a desire to promote electronic democracy, science, creativity, imagination, reason, critical thinking, peace, race and gender equality, civil rights, equal access to education, personal liberty, free speech, animal rights, compassionate and nonviolent parenting, social and economic justice, global monetary reform, Secular Humanism, cognitive liberty and a permanent cessation of The War on Drugs. Let's see what we can do if we put our heads together. 0