Definitions for invertɪnˈvɜrt; ˈɪn vɜrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•vertɪnˈvɜrt; ˈɪn vɜrt(v.; adj., n.; v.t.)

  1. to turn upside down.

  2. to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.

  3. to turn inward or back upon itself.

  4. to turn inside out.

  5. to subject to chemical inversion.

    Category: Chemistry

  6. to subject to musical inversion.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. (v.i.)to become chemically inverted.

    Category: Chemistry

  8. (adj.)subjected to chemical inversion.

    Category: Chemistry

  9. (n.)an inverted person or thing.

  10. a homosexual.

  11. a postage stamp with all or part of the central design printed upside down.

    Category: Philately

Origin of invert:

1525–35; < L invertere to turn upside down or inside out =in-in-3+vertere to turn


Princeton's WordNet

  1. invert(verb)

    make an inversion (in a musical composition)

    "here the theme is inverted"

  2. invert, reverse(verb)

    reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of

    "when forming a question, invert the subject and the verb"

  3. turn back, invert, reverse(verb)

    turn inside out or upside down


  1. invert(Noun)

    A homosexual man.

  2. invert(Noun)

    An inverted arch (as in a sewer). *

  3. invert(Noun)

    The base of a tunnel on which the road or railway may be laid and used when construction is through unstable ground. It may be flat or form a continuous curve with the tunnel arch.

  4. invert(Noun)

    The lowest point inside a pipe at a certain point.

  5. invert(Noun)

    An elevation of a pipe at a certain point along the pipe.

  6. invert(Verb)

    To turn (something) upside down or inside out.

  7. invert(Verb)

    To move (the root note of a chord) up or down an octave, resulting in a change in pitch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invert(verb)

    to turn over; to put upside down; to upset; to place in a contrary order or direction; to reverse; as, to invert a cup, the order of words, rules of justice, etc

  2. Invert(verb)

    to change the position of; -- said of tones which form a chord, or parts which compose harmony

  3. Invert(verb)

    to divert; to convert to a wrong use

  4. Invert(verb)

    to convert; to reverse; to decompose by, or subject to, inversion. See Inversion, n., 10

  5. Invert(verb)

    to undergo inversion, as sugar

  6. Invert(adj)

    subjected to the process of inversion; inverted; converted; as, invert sugar

  7. Invert(noun)

    an inverted arch

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to turn upside down or reverse the order of.

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