inversion

noun
in·​ver·​sion | \ in-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce inversion (audio) , -shən \
plural inversions

Definition of inversion

1 : a reversal of position, order, form, or relationship: such as
a(1) : a change in normal word order especially : the placement of a verb before its subject
(2) : the process or result of changing or reversing the relative positions of the notes of a musical interval, chord, or phrase
b : the condition of being turned inward or inside out
c : a breaking off of a chromosome section and its subsequent reattachment in inverted position also : a chromosomal section that has undergone this process
2 : the act or process of inverting
3a : a change in the order of the terms of a mathematical proportion effected by inverting each ratio
b : the operation of forming the inverse of a magnitude, a function, an operation, or an element
4a : the conversion of dextrorotatory sucrose into a levorotatory mixture of glucose and fructose
b : a change from one stereochemical figuration at a chiral center in a usually organic molecule to the opposite configuration that is brought about by a reaction in which a substitution of one group is made for a different group
5 : an increase of temperature with height through a layer of air
6 : a corporate reorganization in which a U.S. corporation merges with or acquires a foreign corporation and restructures the U.S. corporation as a subsidiary of the newly created multinational company for the purpose of establishing a domicile in a foreign country and taking advantage of the country's corporate tax structure U.S. businesses are buying foreign companies in countries with lower tax rates so they can switch their legal home and cut their tax bills. The process, known as inversion, is the hottest trend in mergers and acquisitions, driving some of the biggest takeovers this year.— Tom Fairless and Shayndi Raice
7 dated : homosexuality also : identification with the gender role of the opposite sex

Examples of inversion in a Sentence

an inversion of the roles of parent and child Inversion of the two words changes the meaning of the sentence.
Recent Examples on the Web The National Weather Service points to the current inversion and above normal dew points as showing hot temperatures extending from the daytime high of near 98 into the evening. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 In Utah, where air quality is threatened by pollution and the warm-air inversion that periodically traps smoggy air in the Salt Lake Valley, the exhibition hits at an interesting time. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2022 That's both the question and the trick in Kirstin Chin's debut — a clever, fizzy inversion of all kinds of Asian stereotypes, Crazy Rich and otherwise. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 22 June 2022 Long-term interest rates in government bonds have fallen below short-term rates, an unusual occurrence that traders call a yield-curve inversion. New York Times, 17 July 2022 This type of yield curve inversion has historically been a reliable indicator that a U.S. recession is coming or has already begun. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 This metric has a strong historical track record, though a recession often occurs 12-18 months after the inversion of the yield curve. Simon Moore, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The New York Times Bond yield curve inversion provides fresh recession warning sign The U.S. bond yield curve inverted again on Monday, increasing concerns that the economy is headed toward a recession. Harold Maass, The Week, 14 June 2022 For example, some were seeking a different technique than penile inversion, while others were desperate after spending years on waiting lists. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inversion

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inversion

noun
in·​ver·​sion | \ in-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce inversion (audio) \

Medical Definition of inversion

1 : a reversal of position, order, form, or relationship: as
a : a dislocation of a bodily structure in which it is turned partially or wholly inside out inversion of the uterus
b : the condition (as of the foot) of being turned or rotated inward — compare eversion sense 2
d : a breaking off of a chromosome section and its subsequent reattachment in inverted position also : a chromosomal section that has undergone this process
2a : the conversion of dextrorotatory sucrose into a levorotatory mixture of glucose and fructose
b : a change from one stereochemical figuration at a chiral center in a usually organic molecule to the opposite configuration that is brought about by a reaction in which a substitution of one group is made for a different group
3 dated : homosexuality

inversion

noun
in·​ver·​sion | \ in-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce inversion (audio) \

Legal Definition of inversion

: a corporate reorganization in which a U.S. corporation buys or merges with a foreign corporation and is restructured as a subsidiary of the newly created multinational company in order to establish a domicile in a foreign country with lower corporate taxes

called also corporate inversion, tax inversion

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