invert[in vʉrt′; for adj. & n., in′vʉrt′]
An inverted child on the playground
When you turn a cake upside down, this is an example of a situation where you invert.
- to turn upside down
- to change to the direct opposite; reverse the order, position, direction, etc. of
- to subject to inversion (in various senses)
- Math. to divide 1 by (a given quantity)
Origin of invertClassical Latin invertere ; from in-, in, to, toward + vertere, to turn: see verse
- an inverted person or thing
- Psychiatry homosexual: now seldom used
verbin·vert·ed, in·vert·ing, in·verts
- To turn inside out or upside down: invert an hourglass.
- To reverse the position, order, or condition of: invert the subject and predicate of a sentence. See Synonyms at reverse.
- To subject to inversion.
- Something inverted.
- Psychology a. One who takes on the gender role of the opposite sex.b. In the theory of Sigmund Freud, a homosexual person. No longer in scientific use.
Origin of invertLatin invertere : in-, in; see in–2 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present inverts, present participle inverting, simple past and past participle inverted)
- To turn (something) upside down or inside out; to place in a contrary order or direction.
- to invert a cup, the order of words, rules of justice, etc.
- (music) To move (the root note of a chord) up or down an octave, resulting in a change in pitch.
- (chemistry, intransitive) To undergo inversion, as sugar.
- To divert; to convert to a wrong use.
- (archaic) A homosexual man.
- (architecture) An inverted arch (as in a sewer). *
- 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.
- (civil engineering) The lowest point inside a pipe at a certain point.
- (civil engineering) An elevation of a pipe at a certain point along the pipe.
- (chemistry) Subjected to the process of inversion; inverted; converted.
- invert sugar
From Middle French invertir