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How should I pronounce the word reduct as a noun?

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Where is reduct used as a noun? –  Matt Эллен May 14 '12 at 14:18
    
There is no noun form of reduct in any English usage I'm aware of. The verb form barely exists and is pretty much archaic at this point. Possibly you want the word reduction? –  chaos May 14 '12 at 14:23
    
Or maybe "reductant," which refers to a chemical agent? –  KitFox May 14 '12 at 14:34
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In maths and chemistry, according to the OED. –  Roaring Fish May 14 '12 at 14:36
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What did the dictionary say to do? Surely this is a textbook case of a general reference question, no? –  tchrist May 14 '12 at 15:56
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This might help, from OED

reduct, n.

Pronunciation: Brit. /rᵻˈdʌkt/ , U.S. /rəˈdək(t)/ , /riˈdək(t)/

The meaning of reduct as a noun is:

  1. Math. and Logic.

a. A number, logical form, etc., obtained by reducing another

b. A mathematical or logical structure derived from a given structure by disregarding some of the operations and relations of the latter.

  1. Chem. A substance which restores a metal to an unchanged or metallic state.
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