- a hydrolysis of certain carbohydrates, as cane sugar, that results in a reversal of direction of the rotatory power of the carbohydrate solution, the plane of polarized light being bent from right to left or vice versa.
- a reaction in which a starting material of one optical configuration forms a product of the opposite configuration.
- the process or result of transposing the tones of an interval or chord so that the original bass becomes an upper voice.
- (in counterpoint) the transposition of the upper voice part below the lower, and vice versa.
- presentation of a melody in contrary motion to its original form.
- gay sexual orientation.
- assumption and display of the normative perspective, manner, or behavior of a sex different from one's own.
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Example sentences from the Web for inversion
As you get stronger and more comfortable in the inversion, gradually place your feet higher on the wall.
This time of year, it’s typically a good sign that the “inversion” is back!P.M. Update: Clouds pass by tonight into early Thursday, and it stays mild|Ian Livingston|January 13, 2021|Washington Post
Much like in a cold winter night, you have these inversions where the cold air with the virus which is heavier stays closer to the ground.Youth sports have been hit with few coronavirus outbreaks so far. Why is ice hockey so different?|Ariana Eunjung Cha, Karin Brulliard|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
This is the kind of inversion of history that conservatives attack when perpetrated by the left.
And so Tea Party populism is actually a complete inversion of political and economic reality.
In other words, he was an inversion of the gay maxim “Butch on the streets, queen in the sheets,” a.k.a. “a top.”
This is an inversion of the basic principle of democracy: that elections are won by the candidate who gets the most votes.
This is essentially the argument made in Alan Ehrenhalt's The Great Inversion, which I highly recommend to you.
May not the construction be better taken as a simple, though to our ears cumbrous, inversion of, So I heard them not?The Fatal Dowry|Philip Massinger
What is remarkable in the scenery is, that its sublimity is an inversion of the sublimity of almost all other grand scenery.Overland|John William De Forest
Inversion is a figure intended to give emphasis to the thought by a change from the natural order of the words in a sentence.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
A lusty inversion of the order of the names and an Oberland jodel returned his hail.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
He sometimes soothed his harassed spirit, and consoled himself for his failures, by an odd inversion of common hopes.The Open Question|Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for inversion
- the conversion of a dextrorotatory solution of sucrose into a laevorotatory solution of glucose and fructose by hydrolysis
- any similar reaction in which the optical properties of the reactants are opposite to those of the products
- the process or result of transposing the notes of a chord (esp a triad) such that the root, originally in the bass, is placed in an upper part. When the bass note is the third of the triad, the resulting chord is the first inversion; when it is the fifth, the resulting chord is the second inversionSee also root position
- (in counterpoint) the modification of a melody or part in which all ascending intervals are replaced by corresponding descending intervals and vice versa
- the modification of an interval in which the higher note becomes the lower or the lower one the higherSee complement (def. 8)
- the adoption of the role or characteristics of the opposite sex
- another word for homosexuality