• WordNet 3.6
    • adj reduced made less in size or amount or degree
    • adj reduced well below normal (especially in price)
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  • Josh Billings
    “Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist -- it reduces him to his fighting weight.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    “Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.”
  • Marcus Valerius Martial
    “Glory comes too late, after one as been reduced to ashes.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice.”


Reduce to ashes - If something is reduced to ashes, it is destroyed or made useless. His infidelities reduced their relationship to ashes.


In literature:

Underlying the entire constitutional order are two principles whose operation would seem to reduce the sovereign to a sheer nonentity.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The tonsils and adenoids removed are pictured on the opposite page, reduced one third.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
If the patient is an infant the food should be reduced to one-half strength.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Three men had been killed and five wounded out of the crew, which greatly reduced their strength.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
Mortar-firing, however good, would not reduce the forts, nor lay New Orleans at the mercy of the fleet.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
Philosophy by such drastic scepticism is reduced to complete silence.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
In order to secure a means for comparison of different trials, it is necessary to reduce all results to some common basis.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Grant once more took command of the forces about Corinth, which re-enforcements to Eastern Tennessee soon reduced to 42,000.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The one which will first strike the student is the tendency of the glass to become reduced in the flame of the blow-pipe.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Thus was this important place reduced ten days after the battle of Hyderabad, though 100 miles distant, and in the heart of the desert.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Our numbers were now frightfully reduced.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
If the horse is weak, the impact is reduced in force.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Benares was subjected; the Nabob Vizier reduced to vassalage.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Drain it off from the sediment, reduce a trifle by quick boiling, then add the other things.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Then the crop of defectives will be reduced to practically nothing.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
In R. F. is reduced and volatilized.
"The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis" by Frederick Hutton Getman
Having reduced this fort he was to proceed against Montreal.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The delay caused by the attempt to reduce it gave the enemy time to rally.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
The vessel and the cold egg reduce the temperature of the water to about 185 deg.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
The primer must be of uniform strength also, especially in reduced charges.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright

In poetry:

Thus God can, in a trice, bring down
The pride of any sinful town,
And soon reduce, e'en to the dust,
The walls and crowds to which men trust!
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
The fool the stoutest heart will vex,
And the most wealthy spouse perplex;
She'll, to a little, much reduce,
'Till she has sham'd her friends and house:
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
An idle lingerer on the wayside's road,
He gathers up his work and yawns away;
A little longer, ere the tiresome load
Shall be reduced to ashes or to clay.
"The Idler" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
It is I calling you after a thousand years,
Reduced to ashes by your body's lightning.
Roses are opening again – it is our sign –
Our time has come for another meeting.
"Once More Meeting The Kipchak" by Giorgi Leonidze
Kerr's little party were now reduced to seven,
Yet fearless and undaunted, and with the help of Heaven,
He gathered his small band possessed of courage bold,
Determined to make a last effort to capture the stronghold.
"The Hero of Kalapore" by William Topaz McGonagall
He'd have more joy than at a feast,
Could he reduce this monstrous beast,
Who, for six thousand years, possess'd
A place in ev'ry human breast;
And, to that throne could truth restore,
That throne the monster held before.
"The Sermon" by William Hutton

In news:

The agency has asked for Bay Area residents to reduce their driving and cut energy use over the Independence Day weekend.
Heat recovery can reduce compressed air costs and energy consumption.
At any given time, up to 40% of that dust is in your ducts, reducing the quality of the air you breath.
Reduces cleaning and sanitizing time.
Access to locks along the Alabama River may soon be reduced to use by commercial vessels only.
The once proud and powerful Schenectady, New York, plant of American Locomotive Company (" Alco ") has been reduced to rubble in this early July 2011 view from along Erie Boulevard.
Her level of consciousness had been reduced for about 1 week.
If Commissioner Stern really wanted high school players to attend college, he would reduce the number of years players are subject to the below-market salaries mandated by the rookie scale.
Enhance your profile and reduce the signs of aging with a chin augmentation procedure.
Reducing the larger amount of sauce would require more cooking time, and would over-cook the shrimp.
Goal to reduce obesity rate to 10 percent.
DEP to offer reduced admission at state parks.
Where to get highlights, a jet-lag-reducing body wrap, a little off the top, and five other treatments before the workday begins.
A new beauty salon open in San Francisco features "the ancient Thai art of face slapping," which claims to reduce wrinkles and firm the face for $350.
2 Slices reduced fat American cheese, torn in two halves.

In science:

The f -brane reduces to the Dirac membrane when Σ℘a = k√−γ , Σµa = pk√−γ , different choices can reduce to the stress of the conformal membrane §4.
A Fluid Generalization of Membranes
Thus, R/I is a domain (resp. reduced, Cohen–Macaulay) if and only if S∆/I S∆ is a domain (resp. reduced, Cohen–Macaulay).
Random Variables with Completely Independent Subcollections
Thus, if w is non-reduced, then by using the deformed braid relations we can reduce Tw to a linear combination of Tu with words u of smaller length than w.
New deformations of group algebras of Coxeter groups
On the other hand, if w is a reduced expression for some element x ∈ W , then using the deformed braid relations we can reduce Tw to a linear combination of Tu with u shorter than w, and Tw(x) .
New deformations of group algebras of Coxeter groups
In particular, the complex Lie group Σx acts on the fiber µ−1 (x), and the reduced space µ−1 (x)/Σx is precisely the reduced space C /gx discussed at the end of section 2.3.
Generalized complex structures and Lie brackets
We say that a G-tree X is (semi-)reduced, if the corresponding graph of groups ∆ = G\X is (semi-)reduced.
Isomorphism problem for finitely generated fully residually free groups
The final lemma of this section will enable us to reduce the reducible case to the irreducible one.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Now the problem reduces to a relatively simple situation where the two chains interact with a pure δ -function interaction with a reduced coupling constant ¯v0 .
Directed polymers and Randomness
Corollary 2.4 If GW is the reduced W-Gr ¨obner basis for I over ≺w then {inw(g) | g ∈ GW} is the reduced W-Gr ¨obner basis for inw(I ) over ≺ Proof.
Truncated Groebner fans and lattice ideals
Hempel introduced the curve complex to the study of Heegaard splittings by defining a distance which generalizes the definitions of reducible, weakly reducible and the disjoint curve property.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
This distance measures the irreducibility of Σ , in the sense that if d(Σ) = 0 then Σ is reducible, if d(Σ) = 1 then Σ is weakly reducible and if d(Σ) = 2 then Σ has the disjoint curve property.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
We would like to be able to reduce the whole structure Φ to Q, and we will prove a theorem which shows that, if hypotheses that ensure the reducibility of Φ to a generalized, almost c.p.s.
Reduction and submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
Ignoring the second register the reduced state on the first r egister becomes |G| Pg∈G |gH ihgH |, that is the reduced state is a uniform mixture over all the density matrix σH = 1 left coset states of H in G.
Random measurement bases, quantum state distinction and applications to the hidden subgroup problem
The proof in general is established by showing that we can use the above moves to reduce the number of basepoints, and hence reducing to the case of a singly-pointed Heegaard diagram.
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
The reduced detectability of the bump feature at high redshift due to reduced data quality is a concern that is further discussed in Appendix A.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe