• WordNet 3.6
    • n reducer pipefitting that joins two pipes of different diameter
    • n reducer a substance capable of bringing about the reduction of another substance as it itself is oxidized; used in photography to lessen the density of a negative or print by oxidizing some of the loose silver
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kissing can aid in reducing tooth decay. This is because the extra saliva helps in keeping the mouth clean
    • Reducer (Mach) A contrivance for reducing the dimensions of one part so as to fit it to another, as a reducing coupling, or a device for holding a drilling a chuck.
    • Reducer (Mach) A hydraulic device for reducing pressure and hence increasing movement, used to transmit the load from the hydraulic support of the lower shackle to the lever weighing apparatus in some kinds of heavy testing machines.
    • Reducer (Photog) A reducing agent, either a developer or an agent for reducing density.
    • Reducer (Chem) a reducing agent.
    • Reducer (Mach) A reducing motion.
    • Reducer (Mach) A reducing valve.
    • Reducer One who, or that which, reduces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People who meet their calcium need reduce their risk of developing kidney stones
    • n reducer One who or that which reduces, in any sense.
    • n reducer A joint-piece for connecting pipes of varying diameter. It may be of any form, straight, bent, etc. Also called reducing-coupling.
    • n reducer In arithmetic, a multiplier used to reduce to another denomination.
    • n reducer A device used in electric power-stations for lowering the voltage. It usually consists in alternating-current circuits of a step-down transformer and in direct-current circuits of a motor-generator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Soaking beans for twelve hours in water before they are cooked can reduce flatulence caused by beans
    • ns Reducer one who reduces: a joint-piece for connecting pipes of varying diameter
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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.”
  • Robert Southey
    “All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.”
  • Henry Miller
    “It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.”
  • Rita Mae Brown
    Rita Mae Brown
    “Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Experience increases our wisdom but doesn't reduce our follies.”


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


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. reducĕre, reductumre-, back, ducĕre, to lead.


In literature:

Slowly but surely Duke Albert took town after town and reduced province after province into submission.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
Though Caesar had reduced Gaul, he perceived clearly that a great deal was still wanting to make his conquest secure and lasting.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Fierce competition requires increased efficiency and reduced expenses.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886" by Various
In 1896 he went into court, and the County Court judge reduced it to L15, and on appeal he got it again reduced to L13.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
Under the lead of Huxley there arose in the seventh decade of the century a view of life which reduced it to a pure mechanism.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
Being a potent and life-penetrated organism, the secret of their policy was not such as could be reduced to rule.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The Greeks were reduced to a state of subordination and slavery, but the Turks were not civilized.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
English Gascony was reduced to little more than the districts round Bordeaux and Bayonne.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Therefore, by moving down a step we reduce by 12 in.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
The food may also be reduced somewhat in quantity.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.

In poetry:

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
"Comrades, grave counsel we must take,
And as he struts with jest and jibe,
Let us act swiftly lest he make
Himself Dictator of our Tribe:
The Gods have built him on their plan:
Let us reduce him to a man."
"Equality" by Robert W Service
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
To me it is a painful sight
To see a nation great and good
Reduced to such a sorry plight,
And courtiers crawl where freemen stood,
And king and priests combine to seize the spoil,
While widows weep and beggar'd yeomen toil.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott
We stood it without knockin' till a bronk drifts in the play
And the cowboy and his sweetheart make their weddin' getaway;
Then we groans in chorus mighty, and we turns jest where we sits,
And it only takes one volley to reduce the lamp to bits.
"Moving Pictures in Cactus Center" by Arthur Chapman

In news:

Notable deaths in arts, A to M. Weems a far cry from happy with reduced role.
Ocean Acidification May Reduce Reef Diversity.
Auralex Acoustics is now offering eco-friendly StudioFoam acoustical foam, which uses soy components, thereby reducing petroleum-based chemical usage by up to 60 percent.
The City of Spokane agrees on a program to reduce toxics, avoiding a legal battle.
Mikko Hirvonen has reduced Sebastien Loeb's World Rally Championship lead to just seven points by winning the Acropolis Rally of Greece.
Johns Hopkins safety team honored for reducing clinical alarms.
Reducing the fat in your favorite baked goods .
Eat This, Reduce Breast Cancer Risk.
Maybe companies need to stop blaming Face­book and Twitter for reduced workplace produc­tivity.
SKF's New Ball Bearings Reduce Noise in Air Handling Applications.
Speak Out App aims to reduce school bullying.
Workers would add large boulders or plant grasses to stabilize the berms and reduce the pace of erosion the berms would face.
It's like Sonic Reducer for music videos.
North America's largest educational public broadcaster is looking to reduce its reliance on government coin and increase digital revenue.
Water turn off/on reduced The fee to turn on or turn off water within the city limits was reduced from $48.79 to $40.

In science:

The experimental data normally used are the reduced widths (for resonances) or the reduced transition strengths (for electromagnetic transitions).
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
Although this reduces the bandwidth of the instrume nt, it also goes some way towards reducing the aliasing on one side of the spectrum.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
In the following I will focus my attention on the time evolution of the entanglement of formation (see Appendix D) E12 between the two qubits and that between them and the kicked rotator, measured by the reduced von Neumann entropy S12 = −Tr [ρ12 log2 ρ12 ] of the reduced density matrix ρ12 .
Entanglement, randomness and chaos
We say that a nanoword is reducible if there exists a crossing reducing 1-move or 2-move which can be applied to the nanoword.
On tabulating virtual strings
We say that the 3-class of a nanoword α is reducible if there exists a reducible nanoword β such that [β ]3 is equal to [α]3 . A nanoword or a 3-class is irreducible if it is not reducible.
On tabulating virtual strings