[verb in-vurt; adjective, noun in-vurt]
- to turn upside down.
- to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.
- to turn or change to the opposite or contrary, as in nature, bearing, or effect: to invert a process.
- to turn inward or back upon itself.
- to turn inside out.
- Chemistry. to subject to inversion.
- Music. to subject to musical inversion.
- Phonetics. to articulate as a retroflex vowel.
- Chemistry. to become inverted.
- Chemistry. subjected to inversion.
- a person or thing that is inverted.
- a homosexual.
- (in plumbing) that portion of the interior of a drain or sewer pipe where the liquid is deepest.
- an inverted arch or vault.
- Philately. a two-colored postage stamp with all or part of the central design printed upside down in relation to the inscription.
Origin of invert
2. See reverse.
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Examples from the Web for invert
Just take reality, invert it, and that's what Romney is likely to say.What Will Mr. Say Anything Say About the Storm?
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In the end, the Toulouse killings never did invert head-to-head polling favoring François Hollande before the affair.French Terrorist Mohamed Merah’s Last Words Taped by Cops Now Leaked on TV
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On the other hand, the invert would have no influence on an individual who was not predisposed.
For the same reason an invert is not virtuous because he does not seduce girls.
Invert the pie-dish, and cut the paste to the size and shape of the under side of it.The Skilful Cook
Another way is to invert the hive in which the united swarms are to live, and strike the bees of the other hive into it as before.
But this is to invert the order of the agencies by which the improvement of the law is carried on.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
- to turn or cause to turn upside down or inside out
- (tr) to reverse in effect, sequence, direction, etc
- (tr) phonetics
- to turn (the tip of the tongue) up and back
- to pronounce (a speech sound) by retroflexion
- logic to form the inverse of a categorial proposition
C16: from Latin invertere, from in- ² + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for invert
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To turn inside out or upside down.
- To reverse the position, order, or condition of.
- To subject to inversion.
- Something inverted.
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