[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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Historical Examples of invertible
The idea haunted him like the invertible companions of Orestes.
- 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
Word Origin for invert
C16: from Latin invertere, from in- ² + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for invertible
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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