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Meaning of INVERT

Pronunciation:  [n]'invurt, [v]in'vurt, in'vurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  turn inside out or upside down
  2. [v]  make an inversion (in a musical composition); "here the theme is inverted"

INVERT is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: reverse
 See Also: alter, change



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*vert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inverted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Inverting}.] [L. invertere, inversum; pref. in- in +
    vertere to turn. See {Verse}.]
    1. 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.
             That doth invert the attest of eyes and ears, As if
             these organs had deceptious functions. --Shak.
             Such reasoning falls like an inverted cone, Wanting
             its proper base to stand upon.        --Cowper.
    2. (Mus.) To change the position of; -- said of tones which
       form a chord, or parts which compose harmony.
    3. To divert; to convert to a wrong use. [Obs.] --Knolles.
    4. (Chem.) To convert; to reverse; to decompose by, or
       subject to, inversion. See {Inversion}, n., 10.
  2. \In*vert"\, v. i. (Chem.)
    To undergo inversion, as sugar.
  3. \In"vert\, a. (Chem.)
    Subjected to the process of inversion; inverted; converted;
    as, invert sugar.
    {Invert sugar} (Chem.), a variety of sugar, consisting of a
       mixture of dextrose and levulose, found naturally in
       fruits, and produced artificially by the inversion of cane
       sugar (sucrose); also, less properly, the grape sugar or
       dextrose obtained from starch. See {Inversion},
       {Dextrose}, {Levulose}, and {Sugar}.
  4. \In"vert\, n. (Masonry)
    An inverted arch.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The bottom (at its deepest point) of any streambed or channel, natural or manmade (i.e., the bottom of any culvert, etc.). In a natural stream the term "thalweg" is generally used.
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