To turn (something) upside down or inside out; to place in a contrary order or direction.
- to invert a cup, the order of words, rules of justice, etc.
- That doth invert the attest of eyes and ears, / As if these organs had deceptious functions.
(music) To move (the root note of a chord) up or down an octave, resulting in a change in pitch.
(chemistry) To undergo inversion, as sugar.
To divert; to convert to a wrong use.
- Such reasoning falls like an inverted cone, / Wanting its proper base to stand upon.
* invert sugar
(archaic) A homosexual man.
(architecture) An inverted arch (as in a sewer). *
The base of a tunnel on which the road or railway may be laid and used when construction is through unstable ground. It may be flat or form a continuous curve with the tunnel arch.
[invert (in'?vert) The floor or bottom of the internal cross section of a closed conduit, such as an aqueduct, tunnel, or drain - The term originally referred to the inverted arch used to form the bottom of a masonry?lined sewer or tunnel (Jackson, 1997) Wilson, W.E., Moore, J.E., (2003) Glossary of Hydrology, Berlin: Springer]
(civil engineering) The lowest point inside a pipe at a certain point.
(civil engineering) An elevation of a pipe at a certain point along the pipe.
(chemistry) Subjected to the process of inversion; inverted; converted.
- invert sugar
An act of sexual intercourse.
* John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
* 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
- Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
- When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.
* rough and tumble
* take a tumble
* tumble dryer
* give a tumble
(lb) To fall end over end.
*(Robert South) (1634–1716)
*:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
*:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
To roll over and over.
*1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
*:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
(lb) To have sexual intercourse.
(lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
* tumble to