irreducible


ir·re·duc·ible

adjective \ˌir-i-ˈdü-sə-bəl, -ˈdyü-\

: not able to be made smaller or simpler

Full Definition of IRREDUCIBLE

1
:  impossible to transform into or restore to a desired or simpler condition <an irreducible matrix>; specifically :  incapable of being factored into polynomials of lower degree with coefficients in some given field (as the rational numbers) or integral domain (as the integers) <an irreducible equation>
2
:  impossible to make less or smaller <an irreducible minimum>
ir·re·duc·ibil·i·ty \-ˌdü-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌdyü-\ noun
ir·re·duc·ibly \-ˈdü-sə-blē, -ˈdyü-\ adverb

Examples of IRREDUCIBLE

  1. They thought the world was made up of four irreducible elements: earth, air, fire, and water.

First Known Use of IRREDUCIBLE

1633

Rhymes with IRREDUCIBLE

ir·re·duc·ible

adjective \ˌir-i-ˈd(y)ü-sə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IRREDUCIBLE

: impossible to bring into a desired or normal state <an irreducible hernia>
ir·re·duc·ibil·i·ty \-ˌd(y)ü-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural ir·re·duc·ibil·i·ties

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