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reduction

Noun

1 the act of decreasing or reducing something [syn: decrease, diminution, step-down] [ant: increase]
2 any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent [syn: reducing]
3 the act of reducing complexity [syn: simplification]

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Etymology

From reduccion, from reducion, from reductio.

Noun

  1. The act, process, or result of reducing.
  2. The amount or rate by which something is reduced, e.g. in price.
    A 5% reduction in robberies
  3. A reaction in which electrons are gained and valence is reduced; often by the removal of oxygen or the addition of hydrogen.
  4. The process of rapidly boiling a sauce to concentrate it.
  5. An arrangement for a far smaller number of parties, e.g. a keyboard solo based on a full opera.
  6. philosophy phenomenology A philosophical procedure intended to reveal the objects of consciousness as pure phenomena. (See phenomenological reduction.)

Translations

act, process, or result of reducing
chemistry: reaction in which electrons are gained and valence is reduced

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