Definition and Meanings for reverse

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Part of Speech of reverse

adjective, noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of reverse

oe. revers, of. revers, l. reversus, p. p. of revertere. see revert cf. f. revers. see reverse, a.pos see reverse, a., and cf. revert

Meaning of reverse


as adjective

  • turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
  • turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
  • reversed; as, a reverse shell.

as noun, adjective

  • 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.
  • that which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
  • 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 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.
  • a thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
  • a turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, adjective

  • to turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
  • to cause to return; to recall.
  • to change totally; to alter to the opposite.
  • to turn upside down; to invert.
  • hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
  • to overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.

as intransitive verb

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