If something is inside out, can it be said that the object is inverted?

My understanding of the word inverted is simply "the opposite state," but I would like to get a bit of clarification just to be sure.

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    invert in a broad, general sense; evert in a more precise, technically correct way.
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 9:07

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The word you're looking for is everted (turned inside out). Sorry if it's a bit stomach-churning, but here are 884 written references to everted stomachs. Surprisingly, most of them are nothing to do with dissected dead specimens - quite a few animals evert their stomachs to feed, including starfish.

Inverted can also mean inside out, but then it can mean 'swapped' in all sorts of other ways too.

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    +1 - I've never heard of the word before, but it certainly is helpful to know. Commented May 27, 2011 at 3:52

Yes, inverted can mean inside out: inverted balloon, inverted condom.


"Inverted" seems better reserved for "upside down"; "everted" applies to something that is inside out.


Inverted can also mean that something's state has been changed from the current state.

For example

  1. Inverted transistor

  2. Current Inverters, which changes the current flow direction.

  3. Inverting a two-way jacket.

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    Doesn't your third example indicate that something has become inside out? Commented May 27, 2011 at 5:03
  • Yeah thats what I meant to say Commented May 27, 2011 at 5:12

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