Meaning of ADDITIVE in English

— additively , adv.

/ad"i tiv/ , n.

1. something that is added, as one substance to another, to alter or improve the general quality or to counteract undesirable properties: an additive that thins paint.

2. Nutrition.

a. Also called food additive . a substance added directly to food during processing, as for preservation, coloring, or stabilization.

b. something that becomes part of food or affects it as a result of packaging or processing, as debris or radiation.


3. characterized or produced by addition; cumulative: an additive process.

4. Math. (of a function) having the property that the function of the union or sum of two quantities is equal to the sum of the functional values of each quantity; linear.

[ 1690-1700; additivus. See ADDITAMENT, -IVE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .