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From Middle English revers, from Anglo-Norman revers, Middle French revers, and their source, Latin reversus, perfect passive participle of reversō, from re- + versō. Doublet of revers.
reverse (not comparable)
- Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction. [from 14th c.]
- We ate the meal in reverse order, starting with dessert and ending with the starter.
- The mirror showed us a reverse view of the scene.
- Pertaining to engines, vehicle movement etc. moving in a direction opposite to the usual direction. [from 19th c.]
- He selected reverse gear.
- (rail transport, of points) To be in the non-default position; to be set for the lesser-used route.
- Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
- (botany) Reversed.
- a reverse shell
- (genetics) In which cDNA synthetization is obtained from an RNA template.
- (rail transport): normal
- reverse 911 call
- reverse boustrophedon
- reverse cascade
- reverse chops
- reverse commute
- reverse commuter
- reverse confusion
- reverse course
- reverse cowgirl position
- reverse curve
- reverse cycler
- reverse dictionary
- reverse discrimination
- reverse domestic violence
- reverse dowry
- reverse dunk
- reverse electrodialysis
- reverse fault
- reverse ferret
- reverse gangbang
- reverse gear
- reverse genetic
- reverse genetics
- reverse harem
- reverse implied odds
- reverse infringement
- reverse intaglio
- reverse jinx
- reverse layup
- reverse link
- reverse merger
- reverse mermaid
- reverse mortgage
- reverse osmosis
- reverse panda
- reverse pass
- reverse pickpocket
- reverse Polish notation
- reverse proxy
- reverse psychology
- reverse question
- reverse racism
- reverse racist
- reverse rape
- reverse repo
- reverse sexism
- reverse shot
- reverse spelling
- reverse sweep
- reverse swing
- reverse takeover
- reverse thrust
- reverse transcriptase
- reverse transcription
- reverse vending machine
- reverse video
having the order of its constituents moved backwards
causing movement in the opposite direction
reverse (not comparable)
- (now rare) In a reverse way or direction; in reverse; upside-down. [from 16thc. (from the 14thc. in Middle English)]
- 1963, Donal Serrell Thomas, Points of Contact:
- The man was killed to feed his image fat / Within this pictured world that ran reverse, / Where miracles alone were ever plain.
- See also Thesaurus:vice versa or Thesaurus:upside down
reverse (plural reverses)
- The opposite of something. [from 14th c.]
- We believed the Chinese weren't ready for us. In fact, the reverse was true.
- The act of going backwards; a reversal. [from 15th c.]
- 1808, Charles Lamb, Specimens of the English Dramatic Poets Who Lived About the Time of Shakespeare:
- By a reverse of fortune, Stephen becomes rich.
- A piece of misfortune; a setback. [from 16th c.]
- 1817 December, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Revolt of Islam. […]”, in [Mary] Shelley, editor, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. […], volume I, London: Edward Moxon […], published 1839, →OCLC, page 192:
- And the cold truth such sad reverse did seem
As to awake in grief from some delightful dream.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 156:
- Simon Forman was notorious in his day, and was a many of many reverses.
- 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society, published 2010, page 309:
- In fact, though the Russians did not yet know it, the British had met with a reverse.
- (numismatics) The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse. [from 17th c.]
- The side of something facing away from a viewer, or from what is considered the front; the other side. [from 18th c.]
- The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards. [from 19th c.]
- Synonym: reverse gear
- A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wiues of Windsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii]:
- but first , master see thee pass thy punto , thy stock , thy reverse , thy guest
- (surgery) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
opposite of something
side of a medal, badge, or coin opposite the obverse
side of something facing away; opposite of front
turn or fold made in bandaging
From Middle English reversen, from Anglo-Norman reverser, Middle French reverser, and their source, Latin reversō, from re- + versō.
reverse (third-person singular simple present reverses, present participle reversing, simple past and past participle reversed)
- (transitive) To turn something around so that it faces the opposite direction or runs in the opposite sequence.
- to reverse the order of books on a shelf
- to reverse a portion of video footage
- (transitive) To turn something inside out or upside down.
- 1672, William Temple, Essay on the Original and Nature of Government:
- A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill.
- (transitive) To transpose the positions of two things.
- (transitive) To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
- All trends reverse eventually.
- c. 1588–1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
- Reverse the doom of death.
- 1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], →OCLC:
- They reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of Bray.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To return, come back.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto IV”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
- Bene they all dead, and laide in dolefull herse? / Or doen they onely sleepe, and shall againe reuerse?
- (obsolete, transitive) To turn away; to cause to depart.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto II”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, stanza 48:
- And that old dame said many an idle verse, / Out of her daughter's heart fond fancies to reverse.
- (obsolete, transitive) To cause to return; to recall.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book I, Canto IX”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, stanza 48:
- And to his fresh remembrance did reverse / The ugly view of his deformd crimes.
- (law) To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.
- to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree
- 2020 April 8, “Network News: Emergency timetables and the number of services cut”, in Rail, page 15:
- From March 30, LNER was running around 40% of its trains and had suspended its Aberdeen, Inverness and Hull services, although it reversed the latter decision after Hull Trains suspended operations.
- (ergative, transport) To cause a mechanism to operate or move in the opposite direction to normal; to drive a vehicle in the direction the driver has the back.
- (chemistry) To change the direction of a reaction such that the products become the reactants and vice-versa.
- (rail transport, transitive) To place (a set of points) in the reverse position.
- (rail transport, intransitive, of points) To move from the normal position to the reverse position.
- (aviation, transitive) To engage reverse thrust on (an engine).
- To overthrow; to subvert.
- c. 1699 – 1703, Alexander Pope, “The First Book of Statius His Thebais”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: […] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], published 1717, →OCLC:
- These can divide, and these reverse, the state.
- a. 1729, John Rogers, Conformity to the World destructive of our Happiness
- Custom […] reverses even the distinctions of good and evil.
- (computing) Short for reverse-engineer.
- 2011, Eldad Eilam, Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering:
- Reversing is also heavily used in connection with malicious software, on both ends of the fence: […]
- 2012, Christopher C. Elisan, Malware, Rootkits & Botnets: A Beginner's Guide, page 117:
- […] but in some instances where malware is proving to be difficult, reversing is needed.
- (to turn something in the opposite direction): unreverse
- (rail transport): normalise / normalize (transitive and intransitive)
to turn something around
to turn something inside out or upside down
to transpose the positions of two things
to revoke a law
to cause a mechanism or vehicle to operate or move in the opposite directions
chemistry: to change the direction of a reaction
rail transport: to place points in the reverse position
rail transport, of points: to move from the normal position to the reverse position
- inflection of reverser:
- reverse in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- reverse: turned upside down; greatly disturbed
- c. 1386–1390, John Gower, Reinhold Pauli, editor, Confessio Amantis of John Gower: Edited and Collated with the Best Manuscripts, volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Bell and Daldy […], published 1857, →OCLC:
- He found the sea diverse / With many a windy storm reverse.
- infinitive of rever combined with se
- inflection of reversar:
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