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Definition of Inversion

Inversion

  1. The act of inverting, or turning over or backward, or the state of being inverted.
  2. A change by inverted order; a reversed position or arrangement of things; transposition.
  3. A movement in tactics by which the order of companies in line is inverted, the right being on the left, the left on the right, and so on.
  4. A change in the order of the terms of a proportion, so that the second takes the place of the first, and the fourth of the third.
  5. A peculiar method of transformation, in which a figure is replaced by its inverse figure. Propositions that are true for the original figure thus furnish new propositions that are true in the inverse figure. See Inverse figures, under Inverse.
  6. A change of the usual order of words or phrases; as, "of all vices, impurity is one of the most detestable," instead of, "impurity is one of the most detestable of all vices."
  7. A method of reasoning in which the orator shows that arguments advanced by his adversary in opposition to him are really favorable to his cause.
  8. Said of intervals, when the lower tone is placed an octave higher, so that fifths become fourths, thirds sixths, etc.
  9. Said of a chord, when one of its notes, other than its root, is made the bass.
  10. Said of a subject, or phrase, when the intervals of which it consists are repeated in the contrary direction, rising instead of falling, or vice versa.
  11. Said of double counterpoint, when an upper and a lower part change places.
  12. The folding back of strata upon themselves, as by upheaval, in such a manner that the order of succession appears to be reversed.
  13. The act or process by which cane sugar (sucrose), under the action of heat and acids or ferments (as diastase), is broken or split up into grape sugar (dextrose), and fruit sugar (levulose); also, less properly, the process by which starch is converted into grape sugar (dextrose).

Inversion Quotations

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
Ayn Rand

The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.
Blaise Pascal

I think in the old days, the nexus of weirdness ran through Southern California, and to a degree New York City. I think it's changed so that every bizarre story in the country now has a Florida connection. I don't know why, except it must be some inversion of magnetic poles or something.
Carl Hiaasen

'Frankenstein' was all about the idea that, through electricity and the destruction of night, man creating light and darkness, we took on god-like powers and then abused them like gods, and we are only men. That's a story about man making a man in his own image. The inversion of natural order.
Benedict Cumberbatch

To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.
Quincy Jones
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Inversion Translations

inversion in German is Umkehrung
inversion in Norwegian is inversjon