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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reverse \Re*verse"\, adjective [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.

2. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed. [Obs.]

He found the sea diverse With many a windy storm reverse. --Gower.

3. (Bot. & Zool.) Reversed; as, a reverse shell.

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reverse \Re*verse"\ (r[-e]*v[~e]rs"), noun [Cf. F. revers. See {Reverse}, adjective]

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.

He did so with the reverse of the lance. --Sir W. Scott.

2. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite. --Chaucer.

And then mistook reverse of wrong for right. --Pope.

To make everything the reverse of what they have seen, is quite as easy as to destroy. --Burke.

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.

The strange reverse of fate you see; I pitied you, now you may pity me. --Dryden.

By a reverse of fortune, Stephen becomes rich. --Lamb.

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}.

5. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke. [Obs.] --Shak.

6. (Surg.) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reverse \Re*verse"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Reversed} (r[-e]*v[~e]rst");p. pr. & vb. n. {Reversing}.] [See {Reverse}, adjective, and cf. {Revert}.]

1. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.

And that old dame said many an idle verse, Out of her daughter's heart fond fancies to reverse. --Spenser.

2. To cause to return; to recall. [Obs.]

And to his fresh remembrance did reverse The ugly view of his deformed crimes. --Spenser.

3. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.

Reverse the doom of death. --Shak.

She reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of Bray. --Sir W. Scott.

4. To turn upside down; to invert.

A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill. --Sir W. Temple.

5. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.

These can divide, and these reverse, the state. --Pope.

Custom . . . reverses even the distinctions of good and evil. --Rogers.

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.

{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.

Syn: To overturn; overset; invert; overthrow; subvert; repeal; annul; revoke; undo.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reverse \Re*verse"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To return; to revert. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. To become or be reversed.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

reverse

adjective

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}]

noun

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}]

verb

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}]

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