- 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.
Examples from the Web for inversion
This is the kind of inversion of history that conservatives attack when perpetrated by the left.
This is an inversion of the basic principle of democracy: that elections are won by the candidate who gets the most votes.
But this is an inversion of Zionism, not its natural outgrowth.Violence and Discourse: A Response to Yousef Munayer|Don Futterman|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And what if the family and community collude in this inversion?
The paranoid anti-communism of the Palmer Raids, in other words, represented an inversion of the jingoism spawned by war.
The term is also applied to any inversion in order of events, arguments, &c.
Its diurnal curve and the subsequent changes after inversion are given in figure 204.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
After phrases and clauses which are placed at the beginning of a sentence by inversion.Punctuation|Frederick W. Hamilton
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
It is difficult to believe, however, that it possesses any marked influence on pronounced and developed cases of inversion.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
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