that is or has been reduced.
Mathematics. noting a polynomial equation in which the second highest power is missing:
The cubic equation x 3 − 4x + 4 = 0 is reduced.
verb (used with object), reduced, reducing.
to bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.:
to reduce one’s weight by 10 pounds.
to lower in degree, intensity, etc.:
to reduce the speed of a car.
to bring down to a lower rank, dignity, etc.: a sergeant reduced to a corporal.
to treat analytically, as a complex idea.
to lower in price.
to bring to a certain state, condition, arrangement, etc.:
to reduce glass to powder.
to bring under control or authority.
Cookery. to evaporate water from (a sauce, soup, or other liquid), usually by boiling.
Photography. to lessen the density of (an exposed negative).
to adjust or correct by making allowances, as an astronomical observation.
Mathematics. to change the denomination or form, but not the value, of (a fraction, polynomial, etc.).
to add electrons to.
to add hydrogen to.
to change (a compound) so that the valence of the positive element is lower.
Chemistry, Metallurgy. to bring into the metallic state by separating from nonmetallic constituents.
to thin or dilute:
to reduce paint with oil or turpentine.
to lower the alcoholic concentration of (spirits) by diluting with water.
Surgery. to restore to the normal place, relation, or condition, as a fractured bone.
Phonetics. to modify the quality of (a speech sound) to one of lesser distinctiveness, especially to pronounce (an unstressed vowel) as (ə) or another centralized vowel, as in the unstressed syllables of medicinal.
verb (used without object), reduced, reducing.
to become reduced.
to become lessened, especially in weight.
to be turned into or made to equal something:
All our difficulties reduce to financial problems.
Cell Biology. to undergo meiosis.
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity, etc
to bring into a certain state, condition, etc: to reduce a forest to ashes, to reduce someone to despair
(also intransitive) to make or become slimmer; lose or cause to lose excess weight
to impoverish (esp in the phrase in reduced circumstances)
to bring into a state of submission to one’s authority; subjugate: the whole country was reduced after three months
to bring down the price of (a commodity): the shirt was reduced in the sale
to lower the rank or status of; demote: he was reduced from corporal to private, reduced to the ranks
to set out systematically as an aid to understanding; simplify: his theories have been reduced in a popular treatise
(maths) to modify or simplify the form of (an expression or equation), esp by substitution of one term by another
(cookery) to make (a sauce, stock, etc) more concentrated by boiling away some of the water in it
to thin out (paint) by adding oil, turpentine, etc; dilute
(also intransitive) (chem)
to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with hydrogen or formation of a hydride
to lose or cause to lose oxygen atoms
to undergo or cause to undergo an increase in the number of electrons Compare oxidize
(photog) to lessen the density of (a negative or print) by converting some of the blackened silver in the emulsion to soluble silver compounds by an oxidation process using a photographic reducer
(surgery) to manipulate or reposition (a broken or displaced bone, organ, or part) back to its normal site
(also intransitive) (biology) to undergo or cause to undergo meiosis
reduce re·duce (rĭ-dōōs’, -dyōōs’)
v. re·duced, re·duc·ing, re·duc·es
To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish.
To lose weight, as by dieting.
To restore a fractured or displaced body part to a normal condition or position.
To decrease the valence of an atom by adding electrons.
To remove oxygen from a compound.
To add hydrogen to a compound.
- Reduced glutathione
reduced glutathione n. The form of glutathione that acts as a hydrogen donor during cellular oxidation-reduction reactions.
- Reduced hematin
reduced hematin n. See heme.
- Reduced hemoglobin
reduced hemoglobin n. Hemoglobin in red blood cells after the oxygen of oxyhemoglobin is released in the tissues.
- Reduced instruction set computer
processor (RISC) A processor whose design is based on the rapid execution of a sequence of simple instructions rather than on the provision of a large variety of complex instructions (as in a Complex Instruction Set Computer). Features which are generally found in RISC designs are uniform instruction encoding (e.g. the op-code is always in […]