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- adj. Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order or direction; characterized by inversion; turned upside down; reversed; opposite; contrary.
- adj. (of a chord) Having the lowest note transposed an octave higher
- adj. (of sugar) Having its polarization changed by hydrolysis; see invert sugar
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of invert.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order; reversed; characterized by inversion.
- adj. Situated apparently in reverse order, as strata when folded back upon themselves by upheaval.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Turned in a contrary direction; turned upside down; reversed in order; hence, opposite; contrary.
- Specifically— In heraldry, turned in the other way from what is usual: as, the hands inverted when the fingers point downward. Also invertant.
- In botany, opposed to the normal or usual position, as ovules attached to the apex of the ovary or its cells, or as flowers with the normally dorsal side ventral.
- It geology, lying apparently in inverse or reverse order, as strata which have been folded back on each other by the intrusion of igneous rocks or by crust movements.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed
- adj. (of a plant ovule) completely inverted; turned back 180 degrees on its stalk
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He took some of this boiled infusion that I have been speaking of, and by the use of a mercurial bath -- a kind of trough used in laboratories -- he deftly inverted a vessel containing the infusion into the mercury, so that the latter reached a little beyond the level of the mouth of the _inverted_ vessel.
Wolin uses the term inverted totalitarianism to describe our descent into despotism.
Prins described what she called the inverted pyramid of profits erected on the backs of these sub-prime loans.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 the title inverted the last two digits of 1948, the year when it was published, he imagined a world divided into three despotic superstates—Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia—permanently at war with one another.
Civilisation is a word we only really see nowadays in inverted commas, but it's a useful concept when thinking about history.
That egged us on; we became festival promoters, in inverted commas.
Bettis and McKee later reteamed on the Masters of Horror episode Sick Girl and the short film Blue Like You, as well as in inverted roles when Bettis directed McKee in Roman.
'Lonely' in inverted comma because i made myself feel that way.
Why do you put the word ‘underclass’ in inverted commas, Rob?
Chickens are placed in inverted red traffic cones after they are killed so their blood can run down.