Invert In*vert", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inverted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inverting}.] [L. invertere, inversum; pref. in- in + vertere to turn. See {Verse}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

That doth invert the attest of eyes and ears, As if these organs had deceptious functions. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Such reasoning falls like an inverted cone, Wanting its proper base to stand upon. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) To change the position of; -- said of tones which form a chord, or parts which compose harmony. [1913 Webster]

3. To divert; to convert to a wrong use. [Obs.] --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

4. (Chem.) To convert; to reverse; to decompose by, or subject to, inversion. See {Inversion}, n., 10. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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