Definition of inversion
1 : a reversal of position, order, form, or relationship: such asa (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 phraseb : the condition of being turned inward or inside outc : 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 ratiob : 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 fructoseb : 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 : homosexuality
6 : an increase of temperature with height through a layer of air
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 of inversion from the Web
Also that year, the company underwent a tax inversion, moving its headquarters from the US to the Netherlands, to further slash its tax rate.
The Incredible Hulk scored big for its thrills: a fast launch followed immediately by a zero-g roll — the track twists 360 degrees — and seven inversions.
Tax inversions, which were already on the decline, could also go down further.
The phenomenon is called a total temperature inversion.
Inversions in the San Joaquin Valley in southern California and in the Wasatch Ridge in Utah worsened bad air days in both states.
Of course, Africa has always delivered on the gut-flipping inversion of everything familiar: seeing a giraffe stroll by your tent in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, or the sun set behind the scorched tree skeletons of the Namib Desert.
The AntiGravity portion of the class flips guests upside-down, supported at the waist and hips by the hammock (called zero-compression inversions), which is meant to relieve pressure from the neck and spine and increase blood flow to the brain.
The rules would apply to that inversion and any transactions that close after Monday.
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First Known Use of inversion
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Definition of inversion for English Language Learners
: a change in the position, order, or relationship of things so that they are the opposite of what they had been
weather : a condition in which air close to the ground is cooler than the air above it
Medical Definition of inversion
1: a reversal of position, order, form, or relationship: asa: a dislocation of a bodily structure in which it is turned partially or wholly inside out inversion of the uterusb: the condition (as of the foot) of being turned or rotated inward—compare eversion 2c: retroflexiond: 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 fructoseb: 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
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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