Meaning of INVERSE in English
adj. & n.
--adj. inverted in position, order, or relation.
1. the state of being inverted.
2 (often foll. by of) a thing that is the opposite or reverse of another.
3 Math. an element which, when combined with a given element in an operation, produces the identity element for that operation.
Phrases and idioms:
inverse proportion (or ratio) a relation between two quantities such that one increases in proportion as the other decreases. inverse square law a law by which the intensity of an effect, such as gravitational force, illumination, etc., changes in inverse proportion to the square of the distance from the source.
Etymology: L inversus past part. of invertere: see INVERT
Oxford English vocab. Оксфордский английский словарь. 2012