[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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Related Wordsupturned, disordered, reversed, upset, confused, tangled, overturned, jumbled, upended, backward, haywire, helter-skelter, mixed-up, topsy-turvy
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After you turn them out, spread them on an inverted sieve to cool.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
What an anomaly in political architecture, to build an inverted pyramid!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
In a concave mirror the top and bottom are inverted, but this is no transposition.Timaeus
A disregarded doll lay with inverted head on the counterpane.The Manxman
They have read the fable of the sun and the wind backwards, and inverted the moral.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
- 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 inverted
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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