AskDefine | Define inverse

Dictionary Definition

inverse adj
1 reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect [syn: reverse]
2 opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity ; "a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)" [ant: direct] n : something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse" [syn: opposite]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Having the properties of an inverse.



  1. The reverse version of a procedure
    Removing one's shoes is the inverse of putting one's shoes on
  2. An element of an algebraic structure, which yields the identity when applied to a given element.
    The inverse of 2 under addition is -2, under multiplication it is 1/2.
  3. A function which when composed with a given function yields the identity function.
  4. In the context of "logic": A statement constructed from the negatives of the premise and conclusion of some other statement.


  • Japanese: あべこべ (abekobe)
  • Swedish: invers c
  • Dutch: inverse, omgekeerd, tegenovergestelde


  1. To compute the bearing and distance between two points. This is the inverse operation of computing a point.



  1. Feminine plural form of inverso

Extensive Definition

Inverse or Inversion may refer to:
  • Inversion therapy, the practise of hanging upside down (heart higher than head) for supposed health benefits.

Science and Mathematics


See also

inverse in Czech: Inverze
inverse in Danish: Invers
inverse in German: Inversion
inverse in French: Inversion
inverse in Indonesian: Invers
inverse in Italian: Inversione
inverse in Dutch: Inversie
inverse in Polish: Inwersja
inverse in Portuguese: Inversão
inverse in Simple English: Inverse
inverse in Finnish: Inversio
inverse in Swedish: Reciprok
inverse in Ukrainian: Обернення

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