I. transitive verb Etymology: Latin invertere, from in- + vertere to turn — more at worth Date: 1533 1. a. to reverse in position, order, or relationship b. to subject to inversion 2. a. to turn inside out or upside down b. to turn inward 3. to find the mathematical reciprocal of <
to divide using fractions, invert the divisor and multiply
Synonyms: see reverse II. noun Date: 1838 one characterized by inversion; especially homosexual

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  • Invert — In vert, a. (Chem.) Subjected to the process of inversion; inverted; converted; as, invert sugar. [1913 Webster] {Invert sugar} (Chem.), a variety of sugar, consisting of a mixture of dextrose and levulose, found naturally in fruits, and produced …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invert — [in vʉrt′; ] for adj. & n. [, in′vʉrt΄] vt. [L invertere < in , in, to, toward + vertere, to turn: see VERSE] 1. to turn upside down 2. to change to the direct opposite; reverse the order, position, direction, etc. of 3. to subject to… …   English World dictionary

  • Invert — In*vert , v. i. (Chem.) To undergo inversion, as sugar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Invert — In vert, n. (Masonry) An inverted arch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invert — index alter, disorganize, disorient, overthrow, overturn, upset Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • invert — (v.) 1530s, from M.Fr. invertir or directly from L. invertere turn upside down, turn about, from in in, on (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + vertere to turn (see VERSUS (Cf. versus)). Related: Inverted; inverting; invertedly …   Etymology dictionary

  • invert — vb transpose, *reverse Analogous words: upset, *overturn, capsize: interchange, *exchange: derange, disarrange (see DISORDER vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • invert — [v] reverse; turn upside down alter, backtrack, capsize, change, convert, double back, evert, flip, flip flop*, introvert, inverse, modify, overturn, renege, revert, tip, transplace, transpose, turn, turn down, turn inside out, turn over, turn… …   New thesaurus

  • invert — ► VERB ▪ put upside down or in the opposite position, order, or arrangement. DERIVATIVES inverter noun invertible adjective. ORIGIN Latin invertere turn inside out …   English terms dictionary

  • invert — [[t]ɪnvɜ͟ː(r)t[/t]] inverts, inverting, inverted 1) VERB If you invert something, you turn it the other way up or back to front. [FORMAL] [V n] Invert the cake onto a cooling rack. [V ed] ...a black inverted triangle. 2) VERB If you invert… …   English dictionary

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