first inversion


Definition of first inversion

: the disposition of a triad or seventh chord so that its third is in the bass : the arrangement of notes in a triad or seventh chord so that its third is in the lowest position — compare root position, second inversion, third inversion — see seventh chord , triad illustration

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First Known Use of first inversion

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“First inversion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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