inverse variation

noun

1
: mathematical relationship between two variables which can be expressed by an equation in which the product of two variables is equal to a constant
2
: an equation or function expressing inverse variation compare direct variation

Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inverse variation was in 1936

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“Inverse variation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inverse%20variation. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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inverse variation

noun
1
: mathematical relationship between two variables which can be expressed by an equation in which the product of two variables is equal to a constant
2
: an equation or function expressing inverse variation compare direct variation sense 2
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