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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reductant 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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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.”


In literature:

But these sweeping reductions had produced a new trouble.
"Home Rule" by Harold Spender
The apartment house has set the fashion of simplification and reduction of necessary personal service in the home.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
In this experiment the copper oxide is said to undergo reduction.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Reductions in the duties of customs, excise, and stamps had all been followed by increase in their proceeds.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
It was to effect a reduction of the debt, indeed, that Jefferson had called Gallatin to the head of the Treasury.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
I cannot agree about a reduction of our army: a soldier less, and we shall have revolution and civil war.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
Investigations in this field are being prosecuted, but the results are not as yet sufficiently elaborated for reduction to formulae.
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
In the same way a strong reduction is advisable in tobacco, tea, and especially coffee.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
Can also be used for reduction.
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
Reduction of blood is obtained in various ways.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The overcrowding of clover by timothy is met in part by reduction in amount of timothy seed sown with the wheat.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
The gain from this source would probably have greatly exceeded the loss due to this small reduction in the fare.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
This chute, Fuller had said, led to the outside at the back of the reduction plant.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
Here is a reduction of the serious portrait published.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
On cooling, the process of reduction will be reversed until ice has been formed again.
"The Machinery of the Universe" by Amos Emerson Dolbear
In the metamorphosis of all Leptocephali a great reduction in size occurs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The reduction of New York he considered the first enterprise to be attempted by the co-operating forces.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
When the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad made a reduction of 10 per cent.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
The following plan for the reduction of the Choles and the Lacandones was decided upon.
"History of the Spanish Conquest of Yucatan and of the Itzas" by Philip Ainsworth Means
It is true that the wages of labour may previously have been at a high level, and that they may bear some reduction.
"On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation" by David Ricardo

In poetry:

(To the reduction of uncitied littorals
We brought chiefly the vigor of prophecy,
Our hunger breeding calculation
And fixed triumphs)
"Aeneas At Washington" by Allen Tate

In news:

Former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is addressing for the first time the firestorm resulting from Arnold Schwarzenegger's reduction of his son's manslaughter prison sentence.
Lower cost, lower fee structure, Telecommuting Telecommuting from home offices has become a highly touted strategy for law firm cost reduction.
A decision made by the Oxford Village Council last week means residents of the Willow Lake subdivision won't see a reduction in cut-through traffic when the new school year begins next month.
At a public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, informally called the supercommittee, tackles discretionary spending on Capitol Hill.
Polyester Lidding Aids Downstream Recyclability, Source Reduction.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Announce Reduction In Magazine Business.
Mountaineer Gas files for reduction that will lower bills in local area.
Congress punted last year on a plan for major US deficit and debt reduction.
Don't make fun of California's carbon reduction efforts.
Cook all reduction ingredients over high heat to reduce.
Reduction in manpower among things on table at county finance meeting.
Many mentions of Madison's Encore Studio for the Performing Arts come with a reductive label: "theater company for those with disabilities".
Mike Morton, Blount County property assessor, said that he has implemented budget reductions that began on July 1 for the 2011-12 budget cycle.
Mitt Romney's criticism of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) raises several concerns about the agreement and its impact.
Bank Of America Offers Mortgage Reduction Effort.

In science:

We hope that the discussion above makes it clear that the ‘reduction’ of αη in to a non-random cipher is false, and that in fact, no such reduction can be made under the heterodyne attack considered in .
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
L ⊆ {0, 1}∗ for which S = χL, then a ∆-Turing reduction is an EiSPACE or Ei (see ) Turing reduction, respectively.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
Recall that a ≤comp -reduction is simply a truth-table reduction.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
Since the Turing reduction in our proof is also a weak truth-table reduction, it cannot be the case that dim(P ) > dim(S ).
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
However, it is also shown in that there is no uniform Turing reduction is capable of always increasing constructive dimension by a fixed amount: for every α, β with 0 < α < β < 1, and every Turing reduction M, there is a sequence S such that dim(S ) ≥ α and, if M S computes the sequence R, then dim(R) < β .
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
Ryabko considered two-way reductions (Turing equivalence) rather than one-way reductions.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
The Turing reductions of Theorems 5.4, 4.1, and 5.5 satisfy the stronger properties of the weak truth-table reduction (see ), which is a Turing reduction in which the query usage of the OTM on input n is bounded by a computable function of n.
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
Although present, the nonanalyticity is weak enough in region IV to let the critical exponents take their dimensional reduction value (corrections to scaling may nonetheless differ from the dimensional reduction predictions).
Two-loop Functional Renormalization Group of the Random Field and Random Anisotropy O(N) Models
Lie superalgebra (DerS is the superalgebra in question) are conjugate to each other, and any reductive subalgebra is contained in one of them (see [2, Theorem 1.7]; this theorem is stated for tori, but its proof works for reductive subalgebras as well).
Classification of linearly compact simple Jordan and generalized Poisson superalgebras
By the symmetry reduction procedure, we obtain line-like quantum graphs in analogy to the reduction of the RKM and RLM, and construct their transfer matrices.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
But the Dirichlet boundary condition is crucial in the symmetry reduction (see Theorem 2.1 or Theorem A.6), not for the first reduction step, but for the subsequent ones.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
Data reduction was performed within IRAF, using standard reduction procedures.
Using globular clusters to test gravity in the weak acceleration regime: NGC 7099
The first application of the cyclic reduction is the positive reduction given in section 7.2.
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
Naturally these conditions are not restrictive thanks to the cyclic reduction provided by proposition 7.4 and thanks to the positive reduction given by proposition 7.5.
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
Let M be the reduct of M ′ to the field structure alone, and y be the image of x under the reduct map.
O-minimal spectrum