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implode Tweet Definition of implode Like Definition of implode on Facebook
verb (implod, es)
  1. to collapse or burst inward violently
     
implosive Tweet Definition of implosive Like Definition of implosive on Facebook
noun 
  1. (phonetics) An implosive sound; an implodent.
adjective 
  1. Formed by implosion.
     
initial Tweet Definition of initial Like Definition of initial on Facebook
noun 
  1. The first letter of a word or a name.
  2. In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit
You can get your initials printed at the top.
verb 
  1. (transitive) To sign one's initials.
Please each page and sign the entire packet.
adjective 
  1. first; of or pertaining to the beginning
My guess turned out to be wrong.
  1. Placed at the beginning, as of a list or series.
     
International Phonetic Alphabet Tweet Definition of International Phonetic Alphabet Like Definition of International Phonetic Alphabet on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A standardized set of symbols for representing the sounds of human speech. See .
     
intervocalic Tweet Definition of intervocalic Like Definition of intervocalic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (linguistics) Existing or occurring between vowels.
     
intonation Tweet Definition of intonation Like Definition of intonation on Facebook
noun 
  1. A thundering; thunder.
  2. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
  3. Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her intonation was false.
  4. Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonate, intonating or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest.
     
intrusive Tweet Definition of intrusive Like Definition of intrusive on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Tending or apt to intrude; doing that which is not welcome; interrupting or disturbing; entering without right or welcome.
Did it ever cross your mind that he might find all those questions you ask ?
  1. (geology) Of rocks: forced, while in a plastic or molten state, into the cavities or between the cracks or layers of other rocks.
     
inversion Tweet Definition of inversion Like Definition of inversion on Facebook
noun 
  1. (music) The move of one pitch in an interval or chord up or down an octave
  2. (music) The reversal of an interval
  3. (music) The reversal of the pitch contour
  4. (music) The reversal of a pitch class succesion such as a melody or counterpoint, contrapuntal line
  5. (music) 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 where X is the transposition which is inverted (DeLone? et. al. (Eds.), 1975, chap. 6).
  6. (genetics) a segment of DNA in the context of a chromosome that is reversed in orientation relative to a reference karyotype or genome
  7. (Weather). 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.
  8. (grammar) deviation, 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.
(with an auxiliary verb) Inversion takes place in the sentence 'Is she here?' — 'is', the predicate, is before 'she', the subject.
(for the purpose of emphasis) Inversion takes place in the sentence 'Never have I done that.' — 'have', the predicate, is before 'I', the subject, due to 'never' being the first word of the sentence.
     
invert Tweet Definition of invert Like Definition of invert on Facebook
noun 
  1. (archaic) A homosexual man.
  2. (context, architecture) An upside-down arch (as in a sewer.)
verb 
  1. To turn upside down or inside out.
  2. (music) To move the root note of a chord up or down an octave, resulting in a change in pitch.
     
IPA Tweet Definition of IPA Like Definition of IPA on Facebook
initialism 
  1. International Phonetic Association
  2. International Phonetic Alphabet
  3. International Police Association
  4. India Pale Ale
  5. (organic compound) isopropyl, Isopropyl alcohol
     

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