from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Inversion of the normal syntactic order of words; for example, "Matter too soft a lasting mark to bear” ( Alexander Pope).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Unusual word order, often involving an inversion of the usual pattern of the sentence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inversion of the natural order of words.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric and grammar, an inversion of the usual order of words: as, “echoed the hills” for “the hills echoed.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the reversal of the normal order of words
Late Latin anastrophē, from Greek, from anastrephein, to turn upside-down : ana-, ana- + strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)