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Meaning of REDUCE

Pronunciation:  ri'doos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take off weight
  2. [v]  lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
  3. [v]  narrow or limit; "reduce the influx of foreigners"
  4. [v]  cook until very little liquid is left, as of sauces; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"
  5. [v]  be cooked until very little is left; as of sauces; "The sauce should reduce to one cup"
  6. [v]  be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a compromise"
  7. [v]  remove oxygen from a compound, in chemistry
  8. [v]  make smaller; "reduce an image"
  9. [v]  reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
  10. [v]  make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question"
  11. [v]  reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
  12. [v]  cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
  13. [v]  reposition back to its normal site, as of a broken bone, in surgery
  14. [v]  undergo meiosis; "The cells reduce"
  15. [v]  lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation; "She reduced her niece to a servant"
  16. [v]  simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
  17. [v]  lessen; "reduced standard of living"
  18. [v]  bring to humbler or weaker state or condition; "He reduced the population to slavery"
  19. [v]  put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"

REDUCE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abridge, boil down, bring down, come down, concentrate, cut, cut back, cut down, decoct, deoxidise, deoxidize, dilute, foreshorten, keep down, lose weight, melt off, quash, repress, scale down, shorten, slenderize, slim, slim down, subdue, subjugate, thin, thin, thin out, tighten, trim, trim back, trim down
 Antonyms: blow up, enlarge, gain, magnify, oxidate, oxidise, oxidize, put on
 See Also: abbreviate, become, benficiate, bound, bowdlerise, bowdlerize, break, bump, castrate, change, change state, clamp down, condense, confine, contract, crush, decrease, deflate, degrade, demean, demote, depopulate, desolate, detract, diminish, disgrace, divide, expurgate, fall, impoverish, inflate, kick downstairs, knock off, lessen, limit, miniaturise, miniaturize, minify, oppress, part, pole, put down, quench, reduce, reef, relegate, replace, reposition, restrain, restrict, retrench, separate, shave, shrink, simplify, slash, substitute, suppress, sweat off, take away, throttle, trammel, turn, turn, water down, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*duce"\ (r[-e]*d[=u]s"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reduced}
(-d[=u]st"),; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reducing} (-d[=u]"s[i^]ng).]
[L. reducere, reductum; pref. red-. re-, re- + ducere to
lead. See {Duke}, and cf. {Redoubt}, n.]
1. To bring or lead back to any former place or condition.

         And to his brother's house reduced his wife.

         The sheep must of necessity be scattered, unless the
         great Shephered of souls oppose, or some of his
         delegates reduce and direct us.       --Evelyn.

2. To bring to any inferior state, with respect to rank,
   size, quantity, quality, value, etc.; to diminish; to
   lower; to degrade; to impair; as, to reduce a sergeant to
   the ranks; to reduce a drawing; to reduce expenses; to
   reduce the intensity of heat. ``An ancient but reduced
   family.'' --Sir W. Scott.

         Nothing so excellent but a man may fasten upon
         something belonging to it, to reduce it.

         Having reduced Their foe to misery beneath their
         fears.                                --Milton.

         Hester Prynne was shocked at the condition to which
         she found the clergyman reduced.      --Hawthorne.

3. To bring to terms; to humble; to conquer; to subdue; to
   capture; as, to reduce a province or a fort.

4. To bring to a certain state or condition by grinding,
   pounding, kneading, rubbing, etc.; as, to reduce a
   substance to powder, or to a pasty mass; to reduce fruit,
   wood, or paper rags, to pulp.

         It were but right And equal to reduce me to my dust.

5. To bring into a certain order, arrangement,
   classification, etc.; to bring under rules or within
   certain limits of descriptions and terms adapted to use in
   computation; as, to reduce animals or vegetables to a
   class or classes; to reduce a series of observations in
   astronomy; to reduce language to rules.

6. (Arith.)
   (a) To change, as numbers, from one denomination into
       another without altering their value, or from one
       denomination into others of the same value; as, to
       reduce pounds, shillings, and pence to pence, or to
       reduce pence to pounds; to reduce days and hours to
       minutes, or minutes to days and hours.
   (b) To change the form of a quantity or expression without
       altering its value; as, to reduce fractions to their
       lowest terms, to a common denominator, etc.

7. (Chem.) To bring to the metallic state by separating from
   impurities; hence, in general, to remove oxygen from; to
   deoxidize; to combine with, or to subject to the action
   of, hydrogen; as, ferric iron is reduced to ferrous iron;
   or metals are reduced from their ores; -- opposed to

8. (Med.) To restore to its proper place or condition, as a
   displaced organ or part; as, to reduce a dislocation, a
   fracture, or a hernia.

{Reduced iron} (Chem.), metallic iron obtained through
   deoxidation of an oxide of iron by exposure to a current
   of hydrogen or other reducing agent. When hydrogen is used
   the product is called also {iron by hydrogen}.

{To reduce an equation} (Alg.), to bring the unknown quantity
   by itself on one side, and all the known quantities on the
   other side, without destroying the equation.

{To reduce an expression} (Alg.), to obtain an equivalent
   expression of simpler form.

{To reduce a square} (Mil.), to reform the line or column
   from the square.

Syn: To diminish; lessen; decrease; abate; shorten; curtail;
     impair; lower; subject; subdue; subjugate; conquer.

Computing Dictionary

A symbolic mathematics language with algol-like syntax, written in lisp by Anthony Hearn in 1963.

Reduce 2 is a version based on portable standard lisp.


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["REDUCE, Software for Algebraic Computation", G. Rayna, Springer 1987].