Reverse vs Flip - What's the difference?

reverse | flip |

As a verb reverse

is .

As a noun flip is

(slang|chiefly|derogatory|ethnic slur) a filipino; a person who is of filipino background.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • * Gower
  • He found the sea diverse / With many a windy storm reverse .
  • (botany) Reversed.
  • a reverse shell


    * (rail transport) normal

    Derived terms

    * reverse discrimination


    (en adverb)
  • *, Bk.XVIII:
  • *:they three smote hym at onys with their spearys, and with fors of themselff they smote Sir Launcelottis horse revers to the erthe.
  • *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.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The opposite of something.
  • We believed the Chinese weren't ready for us. In fact, the reverse was true.
  • The act of going backwards; a reversal.
  • * Lamb
  • By a reverse of fortune, Stephen becomes rich.
  • A piece of misfortune; a setback.
  • * 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 309:
  • In fact, though the Russians did not yet know it, the British had met with a reverse .
  • The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse.
  • The side of something facing away from a viewer, or from what is considered the front; the other side.
  • The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards.
  • A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (surgery) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
  • Derived terms

    * in reverse


  • To turn something around such that it faces in the opposite direction.
  • To turn something inside out or upside down.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill.
  • To transpose the positions of two things.
  • To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Reverse the doom of death.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • She reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of Bray.
  • (obsolete) To return, come back.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.4:
  • Bene they all dead, and laide in dolefull herse? / Or doen they onely sleepe, and shall againe reuerse ?
  • (obsolete) To turn away; to cause to depart.
  • * Spenser
  • And that old dame said many an idle verse, / Out of her daughter's heart fond fancies to reverse .
  • (obsolete) To cause to return; to recall.
  • * Spenser
  • And to his fresh remembrance did reverse / The ugly view of his deformed crimes.
  • (legal) To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.
  • to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree
  • (ergative) To cause a mechanism or a vehicle to operate or move in the opposite direction to normal.
  • (chemistry) To change the direction of a reaction such that the products become the reactants and vice-versa.
  • (rail transport) 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
  • To overthrow; to subvert.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • These can divide, and these reverse , the state.
  • * Rogers
  • Custom reverses even the distinctions of good and evil.

    Derived terms

    * to reverse out * bootlegger reverse * reversal noun


    * (rail transport) normalise / normalize (transitive and intransitive)


    * * * English ergative verbs ----



    Etymology 1

    Alteration of earlier fillip, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A maneuver which rotates an object end over end.
  • We'll decide this on a flip of a coin.
    The diver did a couple of flips before landing in the pool.
  • A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc.
  • Derived terms
    * backflip


  • To throw (as in to turn over).
  • You need to flip the pancake onto the other side.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 16, author=Ben Dirs, title=Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan, work=BBC Sport citation
  • , passage=However, the hosts hit back and hit back hard, first replacement hooker Andrew Hore sliding over, then Williams careering out of his own half and leaving several defenders for dead before flipping the ball to Nonu to finish off a scintillating move.}}
  • To put into a quick revolving motion through a snap of the thumb and index finger.
  • If you can't decide which option to go for, flip a coin.
  • (slang) To go berserk or crazy.
  • I'd flip if anyone broke my phone.
  • To buy an asset (usually a house), improve it and sell it quickly for profit.
  • (computing) To invert a bit (binary digit), changing it from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.
  • Derived terms
    * backflip * flip phone * flipside * flipper * flip out * flip off * flip over
    * turn, turn over * (to put into a quick revolving motion) toss

    Etymology 2

    Apparently a euphemism for (fuck).


    (en interjection)
  • (UK, mildly, vulgar) used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error.
  • * 1967 , Peter Shaffer, Black comedy, including White lies: two plays
  • Impossible. He's dining out and coming on here after. He can't be reached. / Oh, flip !
  • * 2000 , Susan McKay, Northern Protestants
  • "Oh flip , don't come near this place," she said. It was dangerous. The Catholics had banners up on the Garvaghy Road saying, 'No Protestants here'.
    * damn

    Etymology 3

    From , by shortening.


  • (British, informal) Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose.
  • I hate to be flip, but perhaps we could steal a Christmas tree.
  • sarcastic
  • Etymology 4

    Compare English dialect .


  • A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron (a flip dog ).
  • English clippings English ergative verbs English onomatopoeias ----