reversing

2 definitions found

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]:

Reversing \Re*vers"ing\, adjective Serving to effect reversal, as of motion; capable of being reversed.

{Reversing engine}, a steam engine having a reversing gear by means of which it can be made to run in either direction at will.

{Reversing gear} (Mach.), gear for reversing the direction of rotation at will.


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