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 (rĭ-do͞os′, -dyo͞os′)
v. re·duced, re·duc·ing, re·duc·es
1. To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; diminish. See Synonyms at decrease.
2. To bring to a humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition; especially:
a. To gain control of; subject or conquer: "a design to reduce them under absolute despotism" (Declaration of Independence).
b. To subject to destruction: Enemy bombers reduced the city to rubble.
c. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness: disease that reduced the patient to emaciation; teasing that reduced the child to tears.
d. To compel to desperate acts: The Depression reduced many to begging on street corners.
e. To lower in rank or grade; demote.
3. To thicken or intensify the flavor of (a sauce, for example) by slow boiling.
4. To lower the price of: The store has drastically reduced winter coats.
5. To decrease the viscosity of (paint, for example), as by adding a solvent.
6. To put in a simpler or more systematic form; simplify or codify: reduced her ideas to a collection of maxims.
7. To turn into powder; pulverize.
8. Chemistry
a. To decrease the valence of (an atom) by adding electrons.
b. To remove oxygen from (a compound).
c. To add hydrogen to (a compound).
d. To change to a metallic state by removing nonmetallic constituents; smelt.
9. Mathematics To simplify the form of (an expression, such as a fraction) without changing the value.
10. Medicine To restore (a fractured or displaced body part) to a normal condition or position.
11. Linguistics To pronounce (a stressed vowel) as the unstressed version of that vowel or as schwa.
1. To become diminished.
2. To lose weight, as by dieting.
3. Biology To undergo meiosis.

[Middle English reducen, to bring back, from Old French reducier, from Latin redūcere : re-, re- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

re·duc′er n.
re·duc′i·bil′i·ty n.
re·duc′i·ble adj.
re·duc′i·bly adv.
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Adj.1.reducible - capable of being reduced; "reducible to a set of principles of human nature"- Edmund Wilson
irreducible - incapable of being made smaller or simpler; "an irreducible minimum"; "an irreducible formula"; "an irreducible hernia"
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يُمْكِن تَحْويلُه أو تَخْفيضُه
minnkanlegur, smækkanlegur


[rɪˈdjuːsəbl] ADJreducible
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adj (→ auf +acc) (Chem, fig) → reduzierbar; (Math) → zerlegbar; drawing, scaleverkleinerbar, reduzierbar; timeverkürzbar; costsherabsetzbar; to be reducible to somethingsich auf etw (acc)reduzieren lassen
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(rəˈdjuːs) verb
1. to make less, smaller etc. The shop reduced its prices; The train reduced speed.
2. to lose weight by dieting. I must reduce to get into that dress.
3. to drive, or put, into a particular (bad) state. The bombs reduced the city to ruins; She was so angry, she was almost reduced to tears; During the famine, many people were reduced to eating grass and leaves.
reˈducible adjective
reˈduction (-ˈdak-) noun
The government promised a reduction in prices later; price reductions.
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a. reducible, susceptible a la reducción.
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adj (hernia) reductible or reducible
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References in classic literature ?
And unless it can be shown that the circumstances which may affect the public safety are reducible within certain determinate limits; unless the contrary of this position can be fairly and rationally disputed, it must be admitted, as a necessary consequence, that there can be no limitation of that authority which is to provide for the defense and protection of the community, in any matter essential to its efficacy that is, in any matter essential to the FORMATION, DIRECTION, or SUPPORT of the NATIONAL FORCES.
And this saved him still from the whimpering weakness and cruel selfishness of holding that because such a happiness or such a virtue had not come into his little path, or worked well for him, therefore it was not in the great scheme, but was reducible, when found in appearance, to the basest elements.
We see in animals, and to a lesser extent in plants, behaviour more or less similar to that which, in us, is prompted by desires and beliefs, and we find that, as we descend in the scale of evolution, behaviour becomes simpler, more easily reducible to rule, more scientifically analysable and predictable.
"Oh, I am aware of that," said Madame de Villefort; "but I have a passion for the occult sciences, which speak to the imagination like poetry, and are reducible to figures, like an algebraic equation; but go on, I beg of you; what you say interests me to the greatest degree."
Clinical examination revealed painless reducible deformities of her hands and feet, characteristic of Jaccoud's arthropathy (Figure 1a, Video 1).
He had reducible umbilical hernia and there was generalized hypotonia.
The subscription to 4,846,875 new shares issued in cash is reserved, in priority, to the former shareholders holding the shares making up the current share capital and to the assignees of subscription rights on the stock market, both irreducibly and reducible on the basis of one (01) new action for a (01) old share, from 20/05/2019 to 28/06/2019 included, said MCP.
The topics include degrees and kernels of irreducible characters, on disconnected groups, permutation characters, zeros of characters, Saksonov's theorems on character rings of finite groups, and simply reducible groups.
The BVW shows that the reservoirs are at reducible or nearly irreducible water saturation hence will produce the water free hydrocarbon.
Leuenberger identifies a gap in an influential argument for the entailment, due to Frank Jackson and Robert Stalnaker, and draw on the model theory of infinitary languages to argue that some globally supervening properties are not reducible.
Therefore, it is not neither negotiable nor reducible."