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.
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 . 2012