Invert
1) To turn inward. To invert the foot is to move its forepart toward the midline of the body. 2) To turn upside down or inside out. Inversion of the nipple can be normal or be a sign of an underlying tumor. 3) To reverse in position or order. A DNA sequence may be inverted. From the Latin invertere, from in- + vertere to turn.
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1. In chemistry, subjected to inversion, e.g., i. sugar. 2. To reverse in direction, sequence, or effect. 3. Rarely used term for a homosexual. See inversion.

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in·vert in-'vərt vt
1 a) to reverse in position, order, or relationship <adjacent sequences of DNA and RNA that are complementary and \inverted>
b) to subject to inversion
2 a) to turn inside out or upside down
b) to turn inward <when a foot is \inverted its forepart tends to approach the midline of the body (Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.)> vi to undergo inversion <a normal nipple that \inverts later in life can be an ominous sign (P. G. Donohue)>
in·vert 'in-.vərt n one characterized by inversion esp 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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