(Red"-tape`) a. Pertaining to, or characterized by, official formality. See Red tape, under Red,
(Red`-tap"ism) n. Strict adherence to official formalities. J. C. Shairp.
(Red`-tap"ist), n. One who is tenacious of a strict adherence to official formalities. Ld. Lytton.
(Red"throat`) n. (Zoöl.) A small Australian singing bird The upper parts are brown, the center
of the throat red.
(Red"top`) n. (Bot.) A kind of grass (Agrostis vulgaris) highly valued in the United States for
pasturage and hay for cattle; called also English grass, and in some localities herd's grass. See
Illustration in Appendix. The tall redtop is Triodia seslerioides.
(Re*dub") v. t. [F. radouber to refit or repair.] To refit; to repair, or make reparation for; hence,
to repay or requite. [Obs.]
It shall be good that you redub that negligence.Wyatt.
God shall give power to redub it with some like requital to the French.Grafton.
(Re*duce") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reduced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Reducing (- du"sing).] [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. [Obs.]
And to his brother's house reduced his wife.Chapman.
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.Tillotson.
Their foe to misery beneath their fears.
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.
4. To bring to a certain state or condition by grinding, pounding, kneading, rubbing, etc.; as, to reduce a
substance to powder, or to a pasty mass; to reduce fruit, wood, or paper rags, to pulp.
It were but rightMilton.
And equal to reduce me to my dust.