Meaning of IRREDUCIBLE in English


I. “+ adjective

Etymology: in- (I) + reducible

1. : impossible to bring into a desired state, form, or condition

an irreducible hernia


a. : impossible to simplify or make easier or clearer

an irreducible formula

an irreducible racial or cultural idiosyncrasy — Abram Kardiner

b. : impossible to make less or smaller

an irreducible minimum

• ir·reducibly “+ adverb

II. adjective

: incapable of being factored into polynomials of lower degree with coefficients in some given field (as the rational numbers) or integral domain (as the integers)

irreducible polynomials

an irreducible equation

• irreducibility noun

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.