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additive meaning

[ 'æditiv ] Pronunciation:   "additive" in a sentence
  • Noun: additive  aditiv
    1. Something added to enhance food or petrol or paint or medicine
    Adjective: additive  aditiv
    1. Designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree
      - linear 
    2. Characterized or produced by addition
      "an additive process"

    Derived forms: additives

    See also: accumulative, add, addable, addible, additional, bilinear, complemental, complementary, completing, cumulative, extra, incremental, intercalary, summational, summative, supplemental, supplementary

    Type of: addition, add-on, improver

    Antonym: subtractive

    Encyclopedia: Additive


  • [Architecture]

    A material, used in very small quantity, to modify a specific property of another material or otherwise improve its characteristics; used in paints, plasters, mortars, etc.


  • [Electronics]
    1. The character or characters added to a code to encipher it.
    2. In a calculation, an item that is to be added.
    3. An ingredient, usually in a small quantity, added to another material to improve the latter in quality or performance.

  • [Medicine]
    n : a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties; esp : an agent added to a foodstuff to improve color, flavor, texture, or keeping qualities
    adj : having or relating to a value or effect that is the sum of individual values or effects: as
    a : relating to the sum of the pharmacological responses produced by the concurrent administration of two or more drugs capable of producing the same kind of effect
    b : having a genetic effect that is the sum of the individual effects — ad·di·tive·ly adv — ad·di·tiv·i·ty n pl -ties

  • [Oil and gas]
    Chemical added to a product to improve its properties.

Examples

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  1. nitrite is used as a food additive.
  2. we call -a the additive inverse of a.
  3. we can use the additive property of the integral.
  4. we call o the additive identity.
  5. multispectral negatives are unsuitable for additive viewing.

Related Words

  1. additional voluntary contributions meaning
  2. additionality meaning
  3. additionally meaning
  4. additions to esther meaning
  5. addititious meaning
  6. additive alternate meaning
  7. additive color meaning
  8. additive inverse meaning
  9. additive primaries meaning
  10. additive synthesis meaning
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