Invert \in*vert"\, v.

  1. make an inversion (in a musical composition); "here the theme is inverted"
  2. turn inside out or upside down [syn: reverse]

Invert \in"vert\, adj.

  1. (Chem.) Subjected to the process of inversion; inverted; converted; as, invert sugar

Invert \in*vert"\, v. i.

  1. (Chem.) To undergo inversion, as sugar

Invert \in*vert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. inverted; p. pr. & vb n. inverting.] [L. invertere, inversum; pref. in- in + vertere to turn.]

  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.] --Knolles
  4. (Chem.) To convert; to reverse; to decompose by, or subject to, inversion.

Invert \in"vert\, n.

  1. (Masonry) An inverted arch
  2. (Comp. graphics) A procedure to convert colors to their opposites