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.


inversely adv.

Etymology: L inversus past part. of invertere: see INVERT

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.