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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Reduce  \Re*duce"\  (r[-e]*d[=u]s"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Reduced} 
  (-d[=u]st"),;  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Reducing}  (-d[=u]"s[i^]ng).] 
  [L.  reducere,  reductum  pref.  red-.  re-,  re-  +  ducere  to 
  lead.  See  {Duke},  and  cf  {Redoubt},  n.] 
  1.  To  bring  or  lead  back  to  any  former  place  or  condition. 
  And  to  his  brother's  house  reduced  his  wife. 
  The  sheep  must  of  necessity  be  scattered,  unless  the 
  great  Shephered  of  souls  oppose,  or  some  of  his 
  delegates  reduce  and  direct  us  --Evelyn. 
  2.  To  bring  to  any  inferior  state,  with  respect  to  rank, 
  size,  quantity,  quality,  value,  etc.;  to  diminish;  to 
  lower;  to  degrade;  to  impair;  as  to  reduce  a  sergeant  to 
  the  ranks;  to  reduce  a  drawing;  to  reduce  expenses;  to 
  reduce  the  intensity  of  heat.  ``An  ancient  but  reduced 
  family.''  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
  Nothing  so  excellent  but  a  man  may  fasten  upon 
  something  belonging  to  it  to  reduce  it 
  Having  reduced  Their  foe  to  misery  beneath  their 
  fears.  --Milton. 
  Hester  Prynne  was  shocked  at  the  condition  to  which 
  she  found  the  clergyman  reduced.  --Hawthorne. 
  3.  To  bring  to  terms;  to  humble;  to  conquer;  to  subdue;  to 
  capture;  as  to  reduce  a  province  or  a  fort. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Reducing  \Re*du"cing\  (r?*d?"s?ng), 
  a  &  n.  from  {Reduce}. 
  {Reducing  furnace}  (Metal.),  a  furnace  for  reducing  ores. 
  {Reducing  pipe  fitting},  a  pipe  fitting,  as  a  coupling,  an 
  elbow,  a  tee,  etc.,  for  connecting  a  large  pipe  with  a 
  smaller  one 
  {Reducing  valve},  a  device  for  automatically  maintaining  a 
  diminished  pressure  of  steam,  air,  gas,  etc.,  in  a  pipe, 
  or  other  receiver,  which  is  fed  from  a  boiler  or  pipe  in 
  which  the  pressure  is  higher  than  is  desired  in  the 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  process  in  which  electrons  are  added  to  an  atom  or  ion 
  (as  by  removing  oxygen  or  adding  hydrogen);  always  occurs 
  accompanied  by  oxidation  of  the  reducing  agent  [syn:  {reduction}] 

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