how to pronounce inversion


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the above transcription of inversion is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

inversion is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of inversion in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and using double exposure inversion and …”

meanings of inversion


  1. Being upside down, in an inverted state.
  2. The reversal of an interval.
  3. The subtraction of pitch classes in a set from twelve, which maps intervals onto their complements with respect to 0, and preserves interval classes, symbolized IX (X being the transposition that is inverted.).
  4. Deviation from standard word order by putting the predicate before the subject. It takes place in questions with auxiliary verbs and in normal, affirmative clauses beginning with a negative particle, for the purpose of emphasis.
  5. The action of inverting.
  6. An increase of air temperature with increase in altitude (the ground being colder than the surrounding air). When an inversion exists, there are no convection currents and wind speeds are below 5 knots. The atmosphere is stable and normally is considered the most favorable state for ground release of chemical agents.
  7. A segment of DNA in the context of a chromosome that is reversed in orientation relative to a reference karyotype or genome.
  8. An operation on a group, analogous to negation.
  9. The move of one pitch in an interval up or down an octave.
  10. Being in a reverse sequence, in an inverted state.
  11. Homosexuality, particularly in early psychoanalysis.
  12. The reversal of a pitch class succession, such as a contrapuntal line or melody.
  13. The reversal of the pitch contour.

inversion frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word inversion occurs in english on average 0.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics inversion can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that inversion can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) people, society, and culture;

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