[ in-vur-ter ]

  1. a person or thing that inverts.

  2. Electricity. a device that converts direct current into alternating current.

Origin of inverter

First recorded in 1605–15; invert + -er1

Words Nearby inverter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inverter in a sentence

  • We can use automobile batteries, and the inverter will give us 110 AC for a while, until the batteries run down.

    The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • They have a portable loud-speaker system, and there is an inverter, as you call it, at the transmitter.

    The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Let's call the ray the gravity inverter for want of a better name.

    Lords of the Stratosphere | Arthur J. Burks

British Dictionary definitions for inverter



/ (ɪnˈvɜːtə) /

  1. any device for converting a direct current into an alternating current

  2. computing another name for NOT circuit

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Scientific definitions for inverter


[ ĭn-vûrtər ]

  1. An electronic device that reverses the sign of the current or voltage of a signal or power source. Also called phase inverter

  2. An electrical device used to convert direct current into alternating current.

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