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NOUN (6)

1. a relation of direct opposition;
- Example: "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
[syn: reverse, contrary, opposite]

2. the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed;
[syn: reverse, reverse gear]

3. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating;
[syn: reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye]

4. the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design;
[syn: reverse, verso]

5. (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction;

6. turning in the opposite direction;
[syn: reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaround]


VERB (5)

1. change to the contrary;
- Example: "The trend was reversed"
- Example: "the tides turned against him"
- Example: "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
[syn: change by reversal, turn, reverse]

2. turn inside out or upside down;
[syn: turn back, invert, reverse]

3. rule against;
- Example: "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
[syn: overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse]

4. cancel officially;
- Example: "He revoked the ban on smoking"
- Example: "lift an embargo"
- Example: "vacate a death sentence"
[syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate]

5. reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of;
- Example: "when forming a question, invert the subject and the verb"
[syn: invert, reverse]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. directed or moving toward the rear;
- Example: "a rearward glance"
- Example: "a rearward movement"
[syn: rearward, reverse]

2. of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle;
- Example: "in reverse gear"

3. reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect;
[syn: inverse, reverse]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reverse \Re*verse"\ (r[-e]*v[~e]rs"), n. [Cf. F. revers. See Reverse, a.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] He did so with the reverse of the lance. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And then mistook reverse of wrong for right. --Pope. [1913 Webster] To make everything the reverse of what they have seen, is quite as easy as to destroy. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] The strange reverse of fate you see; I pitied you, now you may pity me. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] By a reverse of fortune, Stephen becomes rich. --Lamb. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] 5. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. (Surg.) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reverse \Re*verse"\, a. [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.] 1. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method. "A vice reverse unto this." --Gower. [1913 Webster] 2. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He found the sea diverse With many a windy storm reverse. --Gower. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot. & Zool.) Reversed; as, a reverse shell. [1913 Webster] Reverse bearing (Surv.), the bearing of a back station as observed from the station next in advance. Reverse curve (Railways), a curve like the letter S, formed of two curves bending in opposite directions. Reverse fire (Mil.), a fire in the rear. Reverse operation (Math.), an operation the steps of which are taken in a contrary order to that in which the same or similar steps are taken in another operation considered as direct; an operation in which that is sought which in another operation is given, and that given which in the other is sought; as, finding the length of a pendulum from its time of vibration is the reverse operation to finding the time of vibration from the length. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reverse \Re*verse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reversed (r[-e]*v[~e]rst");p. pr. & vb. n. Reversing.] [See Reverse, a., and cf. Revert.] 1. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart. [1913 Webster] And that old dame said many an idle verse, Out of her daughter's heart fond fancies to reverse. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to return; to recall. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And to his fresh remembrance did reverse The ugly view of his deformed crimes. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To change totally; to alter to the opposite. [1913 Webster] Reverse the doom of death. --Shak. [1913 Webster] She reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of Bray. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 4. To turn upside down; to invert. [1913 Webster] A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 5. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert. [1913 Webster] These can divide, and these reverse, the state. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Custom . . . reverses even the distinctions of good and evil. --Rogers. [1913 Webster] 6. (Law) To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree. [1913 Webster] Reverse arms (Mil.), a position of a soldier in which the piece passes between the right elbow and the body at an angle of 45[deg], and is held as in the illustration. To reverse an engine or To reverse a machine, to cause it to perform its revolutions or action in the opposite direction. [1913 Webster] Syn: To overturn; overset; invert; overthrow; subvert; repeal; annul; revoke; undo. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reverse \Re*verse"\, v. i. 1. To return; to revert. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To become or be reversed. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

reverse adj 1: directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement" [syn: rearward, reverse] 2: of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; "in reverse gear" [ant: forward] 3: reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect [syn: inverse, reverse] n 1: a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true" [syn: reverse, contrary, opposite] 2: the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed [syn: reverse, reverse gear] 3: an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye] 4: the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design [syn: reverse, verso] [ant: obverse] 5: (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction 6: turning in the opposite direction [syn: reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaround] v 1: 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" [syn: change by reversal, turn, reverse] 2: turn inside out or upside down [syn: turn back, invert, reverse] 3: rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse] 4: cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence" [syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate] 5: reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of; "when forming a question, invert the subject and the verb" [syn: invert, reverse]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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