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. reversed ( turned backward) in order or nature or effect
  6. turn inside out or upside down
  7. rule against; " The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
  8. directed or moving toward the rear; " a rearward glance"; " a rearward movement"
  9. turning in the opposite direction
  10. the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
  11. the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
  12. of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; " in reverse gear"
  13. ( American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
  14. A reversing.
  15. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
  16. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
  17. Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
  18. 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.
  19. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
  23. A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
  24. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
  25. To cause to return; to recall.
  26. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
  27. To turn upside down; to invert.
  28. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
  29. To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
  30. To return; to revert.
  31. To become or be reversed.
  32. 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.
  33. To turn back or upside down; to cause to move in an opposite direction; to set aside or annul; as, to reverse a judgment.
  34. To move in an opposite direction; change to a former state.
  35. Turned backward; opposite; causing an opposite motion; as the reverse gear in an automobile.
  36. Reversely.
  37. To place in the contrary order or position: to change wholly: to overthrow: to change by an opposite decision: to annul.
  38. That which is reversed: the opposite: the back, esp. of a coin: change: misfortune.
  39. Turned backward: having an opposite direction.
  40. The opposite side; back; change; misfortune.
  41. To change to an opposite position, or wholly; to overthrow; annul.
  42. Turned backward; directed oppositely.
  43. To turn back; invert; revoke.
  44. Reversed.
  45. The direct opposite.
  46. The back or secondary side, as of a coin.
  47. A misfortune.
  48. Turned backward; having an opposite direction. See Revert.
  49. 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.
  50. To turn in a contrary direction; to turn upside down; to subvert; to revoke; to make void, as a sentence.
  51. 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.
  52. Having the contrary or opposite derection; opposite.
  53. 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.

Quotes of reverse

  1. Without solid connections between homicides, we may have the reverse problem of believing three local murders are the work of one serial killer when they may actually be the work of three! – Pat Brown
  2. I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw Finley on the list. I really liked it but didn't want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea. – Holly Marie Combs
  3. The family only represents one aspect, however important an aspect, of a human being's functions and activities. A life is beautiful and ideal or the reverse only when we have taken into our consideration the social as well as the family relationship. – Havelock Ellis
  4. The only result of our present system- unless we reverse the drift- must be the gradual extension of the fascist sector and the gradual disappearance of the system of free enterprise under a free representative government. – John T. Flynn
  5. As far as the Russians were concerned, I felt the reverse they had adequate gold, if they wanted to buy, and they weren't dependent upon international trade. I felt they were more self -sufficient. – W. Averell Harriman
  6. When running to fill a time quota, however, the reverse happens. You can't make that time pass any faster by rushing, so you settle into a pace that feels right to you at the moment. Each minute above a quota is a little victory. – Joe Henderson
  7. This system of encouragement proves serviceable as a preventive of punishment, the attainment of the tickets being a reward, the forfeiture of them the reverse and, as such, boys seem often more affected by their loss than by coercion. – Joseph Lancaster
  8. As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories, many her own invention. She, too, tended to reverse the norm. – Tanith Lee
  9. God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
  10. Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  11. Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true. – William Shenstone
  12. Normally, I could hit hard enough, as anyone who studied my fights might have known. But the impression was that I was essentially defensive, the very reverse of a killer, the prize fighter who read books, even Shakespeare. – Gene Tunney
  13. The way it actually works is the reverse You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. – Margaret Young

Usage examples for reverse

  1. With me it's just the reverse – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  2. He is the reverse he is cheerful, he is indifferent to personal misfortune. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. It is the reverse with sounds. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  4. I was the reverse of pleased. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  5. But the destiny of Catholicism was to be the reverse – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  6. The beautiful law of reverse of nature had come into force. – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  7. Most readers probably imagine him the reverse – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  8. It is often convenient to use the reverse of the above method, i. – Lectures in Navigation by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  9. " But if I find just the reverse – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  10. " Reverse it," he suggested. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  11. The fact is directly the reverse – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  12. This happening occurs in the reverse too, and we become more. – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Now this is to reverse all common sense. – A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton
  16. But its effect was just the reverse – A Brief History of the United States by John Bach McMaster
  17. But you must reverse the conditions required for the foreign kinds. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  18. 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
  19. He is the reverse of nature in all things. – The Feast of the Virgins and Other Poems by H. L. Gordon
  20. 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

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