Definition of inversion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

inversion

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɜːʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɜːrʃn//
 
, NAmE//ɪnˈvɜːrʒn//
 
[uncountable, countable](specialist) Linguistic devices
 
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the act of changing the position or order of something to its opposite, or of turning something upside down the inversion of normal word order an inversion of the truth See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin mid 16th cent. (as a term in rhetoric, denoting the turning of an argument against the person who put it forward): from Latin inversio(n-), from the verb invertere literally ‘turn inside out’, from in- ‘into’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inversion