Definition of Reverse

Re`verse´   Pronunciation: rė`vẽrst´
a.1.Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
2.Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
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.
n.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.
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.
6.(Surg.) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
v. t.1.To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
[imp. & p. p. Reversed (rė*vẽrst");p. pr. & vb. n. Reversing.]
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.
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°, and is held as in the illustration.
To reverse an engine
to cause it to perform its revolutions or action in the opposite direction.
v. i.1.To return; to revert.
2.To become or be reversed.

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