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invert

[v. in-vurt; adj., n. in-vurt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to turn upside down.
2.
to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.
3.
to turn or change to the opposite or contrary, as in nature, bearing, or effect: to invert a process.
4.
to turn inward or back upon itself.
5.
to turn inside out.
6.
Chemistry. to subject to inversion.
7.
Music. to subject to musical inversion.
8.
Phonetics. to articulate as a retroflex vowel.
verb (used without object)
9.
Chemistry. to become inverted.
adjective
10.
Chemistry. subjected to inversion.
noun
11.
a person or thing that is inverted.
12.
a homosexual.
13.
(in plumbing) that portion of the interior of a drain or sewer pipe where the liquid is deepest.
14.
an inverted arch or vault.
15.
Philately. a two-colored postage stamp with all or part of the central design printed upside down in relation to the inscription.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin invertere to turn upside down or inside out, equivalent to in- in-2 + vertere to turn; see verse

invertible, adjective
invertibility, noun
noninverted, adjective
uninverted, adjective
uninvertible, adjective


2. See reverse.
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invert
 
vb
1.  to turn or cause to turn upside down or inside out
2.  (tr) to reverse in effect, sequence, direction, etc
3.  (tr) phonetics
 a.  to turn (the tip of the tongue) up and back
 b.  to pronounce (a speech sound) by retroflexion
4.  logic to form the inverse of a categorial proposition
 
n
5.  psychiatry
 a.  a person who adopts the role of the opposite sex
 b.  another word for homosexual
6.  architect
 a.  Compare soffit the lower inner surface of a drain, sewer, etc
 b.  an arch that is concave upwards, esp one used in foundations
 
[C16: from Latin invertere, from in-² + vertere to turn]
 
in'vertible
 
adj
 
inverti'bility
 
n

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invert
1533, from M.Fr. invertir, from L. invertere "turn upside down, turn about," from in- "in, on" + vertere "to turn" see versus). Inversion is from 1551.
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invert in·vert (ĭn-vûrt')
v. in·vert·ed, in·vert·ing, in·verts

  1. To turn inside out or upside down.

  2. To reverse the position, order, or condition of.

  3. To subject to inversion.

n. (ĭn'vûrt')
  1. Something inverted.

  2. One who takes on the gender role of the opposite sex.

  3. A homosexual. Used in psychology.

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