For all your dictionary needs!
Header of inversion


Video footage: Moving inversion in norway
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the noun inversion

What does inversion mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: inversions

  1. the layer of air near the earth is cooler than an overlying layer
  2. abnormal condition in which an organ is turned inward or inside out (as when the upper part of the uterus is pulled into the cervical canal after childbirth)
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: abnormalcy / abnormality = an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
  3. a chemical process in which the direction of optical rotation of a substance is reversed from dextrorotatory to levorotary or vice versa
  4. (genetics) a kind of mutation in which the order of the genes in a section of a chromosome is reversed
  5. the reversal of the normal order of words
  6. (counterpoint) a variation of a melody or part in which ascending intervals are replaced by descending intervals and vice versa
  7. a term formerly used to mean taking on the gender role of the opposite sex
  8. turning upside down; setting on end
  9. the act of turning inside out

Alternative definition of the noun inversion


  1. the action of inverting
  2. being upside down, in an inverted state
  3. being in a reverse sequence, in an inverted state
  4. [music] The move of one pitch in an interval up or down an octave.
  5. [music] The reversal of an interval.
  6. [music] The reversal of the pitch contour.
  7. [music] The reversal of a pitch class succession, such as a contrapuntal line or melody.
  8. [music]The subtraction of pitch classes in a set from twelve, which maps intervals onto their complements with respect to 0, and preserves interval classes, symbolized IX (X being the transposition that is inverted.).
  9. [genetics] a segment of DNA in the context of a chromosome that is reversed in orientation relative to a reference karyotype or genome
  10. [weather] An increase of air temperature with increase in altitude (the ground being colder than the surrounding air). When an inversion exists, there are no convection currents and wind speeds are below 5 knots. The atmosphere is stable and normally is considered the most favorable state for ground release of chemical agents.
  11. [grammar] Deviation from standard word order by putting the predicate before the subject. It takes place in questions with auxiliary verbs and in normal, affirmative clauses beginning with a negative particle, for the purpose of emphasis.
  12. [psychology] [obsolete] an outdated term for homosexuality, particularly popular in early psychoanalysis

Specialised definition of the noun inversion

Glossary of sports

the fact of being turned towards the inside (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Inversion" is a third-person shooter video game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Namco Bandai Games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was released on June 5, 2012 in North America, July 12, 2012 in Australia and on July 13, 2012 in Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was later released for Microsoft Windows on June 8, 2012 in Europe, July 12, 2012 in Australia and July 26, 2012 in North America. It features gravity manipulation and destructible environments.

  • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
  • developer: Saber Interactive
  • genres: Third-person Shooter, Shooter game, Action game
  • publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • released on


  1. "Inversion" is a musical EP of Cyrus.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  2. "Inversion" is a musical album of Jim Coles.
    • released on
  3. "Inversion" is a musical album of Hemisphere.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Inversion" is a composition.


  1. Inversion: In meteorology, an inversion is a deviation from the normal change of an atmospheric property with altitude. It almost always refers to a "temperature inversion," i.e., an increase in temperature with height, or to the layer within which such an increase occurs.
    • also known as 逆溫
  2. Inversion: In linguistics, inversion is any of several grammatical constructions where two expressions switch their canonical order of appearance, that is, they invert. The most frequent type of inversion in English is subject–auxiliary inversion, where an auxiliary verb changes places with its subject; this often occurs in questions, such as Are you coming?, where the subject you is switched with the auxiliary are. In many other languages – especially those with freer word order than English – inversion can take place with a variety of verbs and with other syntactic categories as well.
  3. Inversion: In computer science and discrete mathematics, an inversion is a pair of places of a sequence where the elements on these places are out of their natural order.
    • also known as 逆序对
  4. Inversion: In evolutionary developmental biology, inversion refers to the hypothesis that during the course of animal evolution, the structures along the dorsoventral axis have taken on an orientation opposite that of the ancestral form. In the early 19th century, the French naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire noted that the organization of dorsal and ventral structures in arthropods is opposite that of mammals. Decades later, in light of Darwin’s theory of “descent with modification,” Anton Dohrn proposed that these groups arose from a common ancestor which possessed a body plan similar to that of modern annelids with a ventral nerve cord and dorsal heart. Whereas this arrangement is retained in arthropods and other protostomes, in chordate deuterostomes, the nerve cord is located dorsally and the heart ventrally. The inversion hypothesis was met with criticism each time it was proposed, and has periodically resurfaced and been rejected. However, some modern molecular embryologists suggest that recent findings support the idea of inversion.
  5. Inversion: In structural geology inversion or basin inversion relates to the relative uplift of a sedimentary basin or similar structure as a result of crustal shortening. This normally excludes uplift developed in the footwalls of later extensional faults, or uplift caused by mantle plumes. "Inversion" can also refer to individual faults, where an extensional fault is reactivated in the opposite direction to its original movement.
  6. Inversion: Inversie is een van de termen die binnen de functionele anatomie gebruikt wordt om een beweging in een gewricht te beschrijven. Deze termen zijn, als onderdeel van de zogenaamde descriptieve termen, onderdeel van de internationaal aanvaarde nomenclatuur van de anatomie.
  7. Inversion was a 2005 artwork by sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Houston Alternative Art.

Phrases with Inversion

Phrases starting with the word Inversion:

  1. Inversion Pair
  2. Inversion Table
  3. Inversion therapy
  4. Inversion of control

Phrases ending with the word Inversion:

  1. matrix inversion
  2. sexual inversion
  3. Nitrogen inversion
  4. Retrograde inversion

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Inversion

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewMusical Acoustics (1892)

Or, the Phenomena of Sound as Connected with Music by John Broadhouse

Its inversion is the minor ...

Google previewJoints and Connective Tissues (2012)

General Practice: The Integrative Approach Series by Kerryn Phelps, Craig Hassed

Uterine inversion is a potentially life-threatening complication of childbirth in which, as Varney (2004, p 915) says, the uterus literally turns...

Definition Uterine inversion is the folding of the fundus into the uterine cavity in varying degrees.

Google previewStatistics in Volcanology (2006)

by Heidy M. Mader

Inversion is the key to dispersion: understanding eruption dynamics by inverting tephra fallout L. J. CONNOR & C. B. CONNOR Department of Geology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620-5201 , USA ( e-mail: ...

Google previewAnalytical Techniques for Studying the Physical Properties of Lipid Emulsions (2012)

by Maria Herrera

Emulsion inversion refers to the swap of the dispersed phase and the continuous phase of the emulsion.

Inversion is a central process in emulsion technology, both as an integral part of the manufacturing technology and as ...

Google previewSex & Character (1906)

by Otto Weininger

Such a view is directly opposed to that of those who would maintain that sexual inversion is an acquired character, and one that has superseded normal sexual impulses. Schrenk-Notzing, Kraepelin, and Féré are amongst those writers who ...

Google previewOptimization in Engineering Sciences (2014)

Metaheuristic, Stochastic Methods and Decision Support by Dan Stefanoiu, Pierre Borne, Dumitru Popescu, Florin Gheorghe Filip, Abdelkader El Kamel

Inversion is a genetic operation that produces a change in the concatenation of the genes in a certain area of chromosome, ...

Google previewGeophysics Today (2010)

A Survey of the Field as the Journal Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary

A linear inversion is a first and linear approximate term in a series solution that inverts data directly from the elastic...

case is linear in all of the data components, because the direct elastic inversion is an expansion in all data components.

Google previewClinical Recognition of Congenital Heart Disease (2012)

by Joseph K. Perloff, Ariane J. Marelli

Ventricular inversion refers to atrioventricular discordance with ventriculoarterial concordance.

Isolated infundibuloarterial inversion is a rare anomaly in which the infundibulum and great arteries are inverted but the atria and ventricles are ...

Google previewSurfaces in Classical Geometries (2016)

A Treatment by Moving Frames by Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi

Its inversion is the immersion of revolution whose profile curve is the ...

Google previewThe Psychoanalytic Review (1916)

Hence inversion is a feminine characteristic in men.

Google previewIntraplate Earthquakes (2014)

by Pradeep Talwani

nielsen, randell stephenson, and christian schiffer Abstract Basin inversion is an intermediate-scale manifestation of continental intraplate deformation, which produces earthquake activity in the interior of continents. The sedimentary ...

Google previewWireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (2014)

9th International Conference, WASA 2014, Harbin, China, June 23-25, 2014, Proceedings by Zhipeng Cai, Chaokun Wang, Siyao Cheng, Hongzhi Wang, Hong Gao

Solving the matrix inversion is an open problem which is of- ten related to scientific computation. Moreover, matrix inverse also has wide applications in social networks. Individuals in social networks are described as nodes, and the similarity ...

Google previewFactions' Fictions (1991)

Ideological Closure in Swift's Satire by Daniel Eilon

Perfect inversion is the simplest of ironies to interpret. The very deceptiveness of appearances is reliable: the real meaning is known by its contrary. The definition of irony in Johnson's dictionary is limited to this crude form, "a mode of speech in ...

Google previewQuantum Cascade Lasers (2013)

by Jérôme Faist

In such a system, as the ground state of each well is also the upper-state of the laser transition, the population inversion is a robust feature that will arise regardless of temperature for any monotonic electron distribution. One of the key ...

Google previewAn Immigration of Theology (2012)

Theology of Context as the Theological Method of Virgilio Elizondo and Gustavo Gutierrez by Simon C. Kim

Inversion is a central theme in Elizondo's writings because of its temptation and appearance as an easy solution to the problems of mestizo identity. Inversion is tempting in two forms. First, externally, mestizos as an oppressed group are ...

Google previewCRC Handbook of Orthopaedic Terminology (1990)

by Ray F. Kilcoyne

Inversion and eversion – Inversion is the turning of the sole of the foot to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler, David Crystal

INVERSION 287 AFTER RELATIVES drag with it the verb or auxiliary, so that the subject has to wait ; tends, but with different degrees of force, that exercised by a negative being the strongest. We can if we like, instead of inverting, write On this ...

Google previewGrove's dictionary of music and musicians (1906)

by Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, Waldo Selden Pratt, Charles Newell Boyd

Whereas double counterpoint offers only two possibilities — the original and its inversion, triple has six — the original and five different inversions ; 1 and obviously the addition ol'a fourth invertible part — making quadruple counterpoint — will ...

Google previewThe Harvard Dictionary of Music (2003)

by Don Michael Randel

Because the intervals formed above its lowest-sounding pitch are a sixth and a fourth, the second-inversion triad is termed a six-four chord; similarly, a first inversion triad is termed a six-three chord, or simply a six or sixth chord. See also ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by Paul Robbins

This is known as temperature inversion. A permanent temperature inversion occurs at the edge of the troposphere, ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Inversion

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Photos about Inversion

Click on an item to view that photo:


View more pictures about Inversion therapy.

If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Slim female yogi wearing sportswear performing inversion or arm balance standing upside down on forearmsSmall photo of Smoke from chimney shows air inversion, view in wintery citySmall photo of Cloud Inversion Longships LighthouseSmall photo of aircraft making inversion traceSmall photo of Smoke in inversion on white backgroundSmall photo of Inversion bow pose in aero anti gravity yoga. Aerial exercisesSmall photo of The aircraft in the blue sky. The airplane leaves behind a white condensation trail or inversion trail. Travel concept More...

Video language resources about Inversion

Click on an item to play that video:

View more videos about Inversion Table, Nitrogen inversion, Inversion of control, and Retrograde inversion.

See also the pronunciation examples of Inversion!

Quotes about Inversion

The internet is a total inversion of television. It's the opposite. (Joel Hodgson)
more quotes about inversion...

Scrabble value of I1N1V4E1R1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Share this page


Go to the usage examples of Inversion to see it in context!

Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary