v. in·vert·ed, in·vert·ing, in·verts
1. To turn inside out or upside down: invert an hourglass.
2. To reverse the position, order, or condition of: invert the subject and predicate of a sentence. See Synonyms at reverse.
3. To subject to inversion.
To be subjected to inversion.
1. Something inverted.
2. Psychology In early psychology, a person who displays behavior or attitudes considered typical of the opposite sex, including sexual attraction to members of one's own sex. No longer in scientific use.
[Latin invertere : in-, in; see IN–2 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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