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in•vert



Pronunciation: (
v.in-vûrt';
adj., n.in'vûrt),
[key]
v.t.
1. to turn upside down.
2. to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.
3. to turn or change to the opposite or contrary, as in nature, bearing, or effect: to invert a process.
4. to turn inward or back upon itself.
5. to turn inside out.
6. Chem.to subject to inversion.
7. Music.to subject to musical inversion.
8. Phonet.to articulate as a retroflex vowel.

v.i.
Chem.to become inverted.

adj.
Chem.subjected to inversion.

n.
1. a person or thing that is inverted.
2. a homosexual.
3. (in plumbing) that portion of the interior of a drain or sewer pipe where the liquid is deepest.
4. an inverted arch or vault.
5. Philately.a two-colored postage stamp with all or part of the central design printed upside down in relation to the inscription.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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