inversion

Part of speech: noun

The act of inverting; a reversal of the natural order of things.

Part of speech: adjective

Invertible.

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Usage examples "inversion":

  1. Against this interpretation is the fact that we have no precise authority for the symbolism of the torches, except only the common inversion of the life- brand by the Genius of Death. - "Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III.", John Symonds.
  2. We stooped low under a white stone doorway, an imposing structure, invariably the entrance to every garden: the door generally painted Reckitt's blue, and kept locked with a key eight inches long, while on each side of the gateway the cane fence is tumbling to pieces and offering useful gaps to marauders- a curious inversion of the rule in Spain, where to this day they bar the window heavily and leave the door open. - "In the Tail of the Peacock", Isabel Savory.
  3. When the forest is left to itself, the order of succession is constant, and its occasional inversion is always explicable by some human interference. - "The Earth as Modified by Human Action", George P. Marsh.