Definitions of reverse

  1. annul by recalling or rescinding; " He revoked the ban on smoking"; " lift an embargo"; " vacate a death sentence"
  2. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  3. change to the contrary; " The trend was reversed"; " the tides turned against him"; " public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
  4. a relation of direct opposition; " we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
  5. turn inside out or upside down
  6. directed or moving toward the rear; " a rearward glance"; " a rearward movement"
  7. the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
  8. the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
  9. of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; " in reverse gear"
  10. ( American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
  11. A reversing.
  12. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
  13. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
  14. Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
  15. That which appears or is presented when anything, as a lance, a line, a course of conduct, etc., is reverted or turned contrary to its natural direction.
  16. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
  17. The act of reversing; complete change; reversal; hence, total change in circumstances or character; especially, a change from better to worse; misfortune; a check or defeat; as, the enemy met with a reverse.
  18. The back side; as, the reverse of a drum or trench; the reverse of a medal or coin, that is, the side opposite to the obverse. See Obverse.
  19. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
  20. A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
  21. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
  22. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
  23. To turn upside down; to invert.
  24. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
  25. To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
  26. To return; to revert.
  27. To become or be reversed.
  28. The direct contrary or opposite; the back of a coin or medal; opposite to obverse; a change for the worse; misfortune; as business reverses; defeat; as, the enemy met with a reverse.
  29. To turn back or upside down; to cause to move in an opposite direction; to set aside or annul; as, to reverse a judgment.
  30. To move in an opposite direction; change to a former state.
  31. Turned backward; opposite; causing an opposite motion; as the reverse gear in an automobile.
  32. Reversely.
  33. To place in the contrary order or position: to change wholly: to overthrow: to change by an opposite decision: to annul.
  34. That which is reversed: the opposite: the back, esp. of a coin: change: misfortune.
  35. Turned backward: having an opposite direction.
  36. The opposite side; back; change; misfortune.
  37. To change to an opposite position, or wholly; to overthrow; annul.
  38. Turned backward; directed oppositely.
  39. To turn back; invert; revoke.
  40. Reversed.
  41. The direct opposite.
  42. The back or secondary side, as of a coin.
  43. A misfortune.
  44. Turned backward; having an opposite direction. See Revert.
  45. Change or turn of affaire for the better or for the worse; a misfortune; the opposite; the back surface; a thing reversed; a partial defeat.
  46. To turn in a contrary direction; to turn upside down; to subvert; to revoke; to make void, as a sentence.
  47. To turn or put in the contrary direction, position, condition, or order; to turn upside down; to invert; in law, to change by a contrary decision; to annul.
  48. Having the contrary or opposite derection; opposite.
  49. A contrary; an opposite; a change for the worse; misfortune; the side or face of a coin or medal opposite to the side on which the head or principal figure is impressed- the latter being called the obverse.

Usage examples for reverse

  1. He is the reverse, he is cheerful, he is indifferent to personal misfortune. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. But you must reverse the conditions required for the foreign kinds. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  3. " Reverse it," he suggested. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  4. I was the reverse of pleased. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  5. Now this is to reverse all common sense. – A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton
  6. But the destiny of Catholicism was to be the reverse. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  7. He is the reverse of nature in all things. – The Feast of the Virgins and Other Poems by H. L. Gordon
  8. Into the gap thus made, quickly poured a stream of Lane's men, thus taking both Berry's and Williams's lines in reverse. – The Campaign of Chancellorsville by Theodore A. Dodge
  9. That would have been absurd; there had been nothing to make him like his brother and everything to make him do the reverse, and he was not of those whose values are upset by approaching death. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  10. The fact is directly the reverse. – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  11. It is the reverse with sounds. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  12. She knew from his tone that his mood was the very reverse of hers; and it roused the struggle again. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  13. But its effect was just the reverse. – A Brief History of the United States by John Bach McMaster
  14. This happening occurs in the reverse, too, and we become more. – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  15. With me it's just the reverse. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  16. The beautiful law of reverse of nature had come into force. – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  17. Most readers probably imagine him the reverse. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  18. " But if I find just the reverse? – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  19. There is no want of spirit in these young men, you must know, but the reverse is rather the case. – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper