What does inverse mean?

Definitions for inverseɪnˈvɜrs, ˈɪn vɜrs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word inverse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inverse, opposite(adj)

    something inverted in sequence or character or effect

    "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

  2. inverse, reverse(adj)

    reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

  3. inverse(adj)

    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)"


  1. inverse(Noun)

    The opposite of a given, due to contrary nature or effect.

  2. inverse(Noun)

    The reverse version of a procedure.

    Removing one's shoes is the inverse of putting one's shoes on

  3. inverse(Noun)

    The inverse of an element x with respect to a binary operation is an element that when combined with x yields the appropriate identity element.

  4. inverse(Noun)

    A statement constructed from the negatives of the premise and conclusion of some other statement: ~p u2192 ~q is the inverse of p u2192 q.

  5. inverse(Verb)

    To compute the bearing and distance between two points.

  6. inverse(Adjective)

    Opposite in effect or nature or order

  7. inverse(Adjective)

    reverse, opposite in or order

  8. inverse(Adjective)

    Having the properties of an inverse.

  9. inverse(Adjective)

    (Kiowa-Tanaon linguistics) A grammatical number marking that indicates the opposite grammatical number (or numbers) of the default number specification of noun class.

  10. Origin: Recorded since 1440, from inversus, the past participle of invertere 'to invert', itself from in- 'in, on' + vertere 'to turn'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inverse(adj)

    opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; -- opposed to direct

  2. Inverse(adj)

    inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual

  3. Inverse(adj)

    opposite in nature and effect; -- said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity; as, multiplication is the inverse operation to division. The symbol of an inverse operation is the symbol of the direct operation with -1 as an index. Thus sin-1 x means the arc whose sine is x

  4. Inverse(noun)

    that which is inverse

  5. Origin: [L. inversus, p. p. of invertere: cf. F. inverse. See Invert.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inverse

    in-vėrs′, adj. inverted: in the reverse or contrary order: opposite, inverted—opp. to Direct: (math.) opposite in effect, of one operation that annuls the effect of another, as subtraction to addition, &c.—n. an inverted state, a direct opposite.—adv. Inverse′ly.—n. Inver′sion, the act of inverting: the state of being inverted: a change of order or position.—adj. Inver′sive.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inverse in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inverse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity.

  2. Bill Veeck:

    I have discovered, in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.

  3. Emily Callander:

    It is known that people with lower incomes are more likely to develop arthritis, but this is the first study to show the inverse relationship – that arthritis could also lead to income poverty.

  4. Nawab Qizilbash:

    If increased weight in mid-life is protective against dementia, the reasons for this inverse association are unclear at present, many different issues related to diet, exercise, frailty, genetic factors and weight change could play a part.

  5. Morgan Stanley:

    The euro is behaving in an inverse manner to equity markets, but if investor sentiment turns even more negative and you get an outright outflow from Europe, then obviously you do n’t get that supportive factor and that could leave the euro vulnerable.

Images & Illustrations of inverse

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Translations for inverse

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • inversCatalan, Valencian
  • umgekehrt, entgegengesetztGerman
  • inverso, inversaSpanish
  • toimenpide, käänteinen, käänteislause, käänteisarvoFinnish
  • tegendeel, tegengestelde, spiegelbeeld, invers, omgekeerd, tegengesteld, inverse, omgekeerde, tegenovergestelde, tegenovergesteldDutch
  • inversSwedish
  • ngượcVietnamese

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