- 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.
Origin of inversion
Examples from the Web for inversion
Contemporary Examples of inversion
This is the kind of inversion of history that conservatives attack when perpetrated by the left.The Conservatives' Great Black Hope
May 19, 2014
In other words, he was an inversion of the gay maxim “Butch on the streets, queen in the sheets,” a.k.a. “a top.”A Millennial’s Guide to Liberace
May 21, 2013
This is an inversion of the basic principle of democracy: that elections are won by the candidate who gets the most votes.Republicans’ Nefarious Election Ploy
January 27, 2013
But this is an inversion of Zionism, not its natural outgrowth.Violence and Discourse: A Response to Yousef Munayer
August 30, 2012
And what if the family and community collude in this inversion?Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
Historical Examples of inversion
This is so to speak an inversion of sadism as regards cause and effect.
We often meet with pederasty without a trace of inversion of the sexual appetite.
The inversion on these particular plates was, probably, purely accidental.The Stamps of Canada
Moreover, there is often need of some device to remove the ambiguities that are caused by inversion."Stops"
After phrases and clauses which are placed at the beginning of a sentence by inversion.Punctuation
Frederick W. Hamilton
- 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
1550s, from Latin inversionem (nominative inversio) "an inversion," noun of action from past participle stem of invertere (see invert).