Additive meaning

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Of or being any of certain primary colors of wavelengths that may be mixed with one another to produce other colors.
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Showing or relating to addition.
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To be added.
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Marked by, produced by, or involving addition.
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A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it.
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A substance added to another in small quantities to produce a desired effect, as a preservative added to food or an antiknock added to gasoline.
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A substance added in small amounts to something else to improve, strengthen, or otherwise alter it. Additives are used for a variety of reasons. They are added to food, for example, to enhance taste or color or to prevent spoilage. They are added to gasoline to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, and to plastics to enhance molding capability.
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Relating to the production of color by the mixing of light rays of varying wavelengths. &diamf3; The additive primaries red, green, and blue are those colors whose wavelengths can be mixed in different proportions to produce all other spectral colors.
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Marked by, produced by, or involving addition.
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(mathematics) Pertaining to addition; that can be, or has been, added.
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(mathematics, of a function, etc.) Distributive over addition.

Matrix multiplication is additive in that .

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(algebra) Having addition as an operator.

It is natural to look at a finite cyclic group as an additive group.

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(chemistry) Pertaining to chemical addition.
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(genetics) Describing genes (the interaction etc. of such genes) which govern the same trait and whose effects work together on the phenotype.
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A substance added to another substance or product for its ability to alter its properties.

Oil may be used as an additive in gasoline to improve the lubrication of a small engine.

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(grammar) A word or phrase that adds something, such as also, even, or nor.
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Origin of additive

  • From Late Latin additivus, from the participial stem of Latin addere (“to add”).

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