Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction.
- We ate the meal in reverse order, starting with dessert and ending with the starter.
Pertaining to engines, vehicle movement etc. moving in a direction opposite to the usual direction.
- The mirror showed us a reverse view of the scene.
(rail transport, of points) to be in the non-default position; to be set for the lesser-used route.
Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
- He selected reverse gear.
- He found the sea diverse / With many a windy storm reverse .
- a reverse shell
* (rail transport) normal
* reverse discrimination
*: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.
The opposite of something.
The act of going backwards; a reversal.
- We believed the Chinese weren't ready for us. In fact, the reverse was true.
A piece of misfortune; a setback.
* 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 309:
- By a reverse of fortune, Stephen becomes rich.
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.
- In fact, though the Russians did not yet know it, the British had met with a reverse .
(surgery) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
* 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
To transpose the positions of two things.
To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
- A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill.
* Sir Walter Scott
- Reverse the doom of death.
(obsolete) To return, come back.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.4:
- She reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of Bray.
(obsolete) To turn away; to cause to depart.
- Bene they all dead, and laide in dolefull herse? / Or doen they onely sleepe, and shall againe reuerse ?
(obsolete) To cause to return; to recall.
- And that old dame said many an idle verse, / Out of her daughter's heart fond fancies to reverse .
(legal) To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.
- And to his fresh remembrance did reverse / The ugly view of his deformed crimes.
(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
- to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree
- These can divide, and these reverse , the state.
- Custom reverses even the distinctions of good and evil.
* to reverse out
* bootlegger reverse
* reversal noun
* (rail transport) normalise / normalize (transitive and intransitive)
(computing) To remove or undo a format; to reverse the formatting of a disk.
* 1989 , InfoWorld (18 December 1989, page 66)
- Fatcat also fails to warn you that unformatting will trash any files copied to the unintentionally formatted disk.