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 a reaction in which a starting material of one optical configuration forms a product of the opposite configuration.
Music. to subject to musical inversion, the transposition between the upper voice part and the lower.
Phonetics. to articulate as a retroflex vowel.
Chemistry. to undergo a reaction in which a starting material of one optical configuration forms a product of the opposite configuration.
Chemistry. subjected to a reaction in which a starting material of one optical configuration forms a product of the opposite configuration.
a person or thing that is reversed in position, changed to the contrary, or turned upside down, inside out, or inward.
(in plumbing) that portion of the interior of a drain or sewer pipe where the liquid is deepest.
a U-shaped arch or vault, having the opposite vertical orientation compared to a traditional 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.
Psychiatry. (no longer in technical use)
a gay person.
a person whose behavior is considered nonnormative for their assigned sex, historically involving both gender non-conforming or transgender expression and gay or lesbian sexual orientation.
Disparaging and Offensive. anyone whose sexuality or gender expression is regarded as strange or unnatural, especially a gay or transgender person.
Informal. (especially among aquarists) invertebrate: My invert tank is mostly sea slugs, but I bought a couple of shrimp recently also.
- in·vert·i·ble, adjective
- non·in·vert·ed, adjective
- un·in·vert·ed, adjective
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How to use invert in a sentence
The 32-ounce bottle has an interior stainless-steel filter that extends from the lid to the bottom of the bottle, plus a removable lid, which turns into a pour-over filter when inverted.Four Multitasking Pieces of Outdoor Gear We Want to Try | wtaylor | August 12, 2021 | Outside Online
The best leaf vacuum available generally provides the standard features of a leaf blower while offering the ability to invert airflow to collect leaves in an attached bag for storage and removal.Best leaf vacuum: With our picks for yard maintenance, you’ll have a clean lawn in the bag | Billy Cadden | July 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
A decade later, PLA politics have almost completely inverted.Politics Report: The 180-Degree Shift in Union Construction Politics | Andrew Keatts | July 17, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Many of the lids actually are just inverted bowls, which can be conveniently used for holding the pickles as you ladle them out.Forget Canning, and Get Yourself a Chinese Pickle Crock | Clarissa Wei | July 14, 2021 | Eater
Let the cake cool in the skillet for 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter.
Just take reality, invert it, and that's what Romney is likely to say.
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 | Tracy McNicoll | July 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
invert bowl and handle and lay them upon a level block of charcoal, as shown at Figure 28.Copper Work | Augustus F. Rose
But man can invert this relation, and thus fail in attaining his destination in two ways.The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
Then invert each jar to permit the food to cool and to test for leaks.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
invert the preparation and with the blade of the scalpel remove the slide from the agar block.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
invert the cover-slip with the block attached on to the hanging-drop slide, and seal the cover-slip firmly in place.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
British Dictionary definitions for invert
to turn or cause to turn upside down or inside out
(tr) to reverse in effect, sequence, direction, etc
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
- invertible, adjective
- invertibility, noun
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