Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun inversion

9 senses of inversion

Sense 1
inversion -- (the layer of air near the earth is cooler than an overlying layer)
       => atmospheric phenomenon -- (a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere)

Sense 2
inversion -- (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))
       => abnormality, abnormalcy -- (an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies)

Sense 3
inversion -- (a chemical process in which the direction of optical rotation of a substance is reversed from dextrorotatory to levorotary or vice versa)
       => chemical process, chemical change, chemical action -- ((chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved)

Sense 4
inversion -- ((genetics) a kind of mutation in which the order of the genes in a section of a chromosome is reversed)
       => mutation, genetic mutation, chromosomal mutation -- ((genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism)

Sense 5
anastrophe, inversion -- (the reversal of the normal order of words)
       => rhetorical device -- (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))

Sense 6
inversion -- ((counterpoint) a variation of a melody or part in which ascending intervals are replaced by descending intervals and vice versa)
       => variation -- (a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished)

Sense 7
inversion, sexual inversion -- (a term formerly used to mean taking on the gender role of the opposite sex)
       => homosexuality, homosexualism, homoeroticism, queerness, gayness -- (a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex)

Sense 8
inversion, upending -- (turning upside down; setting on end)
       => motion, movement, move, motility -- (a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility")

Sense 9
inversion, eversion, everting -- (the act of turning inside out)
       => motion, movement, move, motility -- (a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility")

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