What does the word reduction mean?

Usage examples for reduction

  1. Between 1768 and 1770 there was a distinct tendency in politics towards the reform of Parliament, the reduction of the number of rotten boroughs, and the restriction of the influence of the Crown. – A Short History of English Liberalism by Walter Lyon Blease
  2. The real discipline of Syllogistic Logic lies in the reduction of common speech to these forms. – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto