In·vert v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inverted; p. pr. & vb. n. Inverting.]
1. To turn over; to put upside down; to upset; to place in a contrary order or direction; to reverse; as, to invert a cup, the order of words, rules of justice, etc.
That doth invert the attest of eyes and ears,
As if these organs had deceptious functions. --Shak.
Such reasoning falls like an inverted cone,
Wanting its proper base to stand upon. --Cowper.
2. Mus. To change the position of; -- said of tones which form a chord, or parts which compose harmony.
3. To divert; to convert to a wrong use. [Obs.]
4. Chem. To convert; to reverse; to decompose by, or subject to, inversion. See Inversion, n., 10.
1. Changed to a contrary or counterchanged order; reversed; characterized by inversion.
2. Geol. Situated apparently in reverse order, as strata when folded back upon themselves by upheaval.
Inverted arch Arch., an arch placed with crown downward; -- much used in foundations.
adj 1: being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed;
"a quotation mark is sometimes called an inverted
comma"; "an upside-down cake" [syn: upside-down]
2: (of a plant ovule) completely inverted; turned back 180
degrees on its stalk [syn: anatropous] [ant: amphitropous]