from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order; reversed; characterized by inversion.
  • adjective (Geol.) Situated apparently in reverse order, as strata when folded back upon themselves by upheaval.
  • adjective (Arch.) an arch placed with crown downward; -- much used in foundations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order or direction; characterized by inversion; turned upside down; reversed; opposite; contrary.
  • adjective music (of a chord) Having the lowest note transposed an octave higher
  • adjective chemistry (of sugar) Having its polarization changed by hydrolysis; see invert sugar
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of invert.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed
  • adjective (of a plant ovule) completely inverted; turned back 180 degrees on its stalk


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