Definitions of reverse

  1. To turn back; invert; revoke.
  2. To turn back or upside down; to cause to move in an opposite direction; to set aside or annul; as, to reverse a judgment.
  3. To place in the contrary order or position: to change wholly: to overthrow: to change by an opposite decision: to annul.
  4. To change to an opposite position, or wholly; to overthrow; annul.
  5. To return; to revert.
  6. To become or be reversed.
  7. To move in an opposite direction; change to a former state.
  8. annul by recalling or rescinding; " He revoked the ban on smoking"; " lift an embargo"; " vacate a death sentence"
  9. 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"
  10. turn inside out or upside down
  11. To turn in a contrary direction; to turn upside down; to subvert; to revoke; to make void, as a sentence.
  12. 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.
  13. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  14. the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
  15. the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
  16. ( American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
  17. 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.
  18. That which is reversed: the opposite: the back, esp. of a coin: change: misfortune.
  19. The opposite side; back; change; misfortune.
  20. Turned backward; directed oppositely.
  21. The direct opposite.
  22. The back or secondary side, as of a coin.
  23. A misfortune.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Reversely.
  27. of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; " in reverse gear"
  28. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
  29. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
  30. Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
  31. 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.
  32. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
  36. A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
  37. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
  38. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
  39. To turn upside down; to invert.
  40. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
  41. To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
  42. Turned backward; opposite; causing an opposite motion; as the reverse gear in an automobile.
  43. Turned backward: having an opposite direction.
  44. Reversed.
  45. Turned backward; having an opposite direction. See Revert.
  46. Having the contrary or opposite derection; opposite.