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Definition of Reverse

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overturn, flip; invert, transpose; cause to move backward; cause to move in the opposite direction; revoke, cancel, annul; change, alter
opposite, contrary; back side, rear; setback, misfortune, defeat; gear or mechanism that drives movement in a direction opposite to the normal direction; area printed with a light design on a dark background (Printing)
having the back side exposed to view; opposite, contrary; moving or behaving in a manner opposite to the norm
Reverse Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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.
Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
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.
To cause to return; to recall.
To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
To turn upside down; to invert.
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.
(v. i.)
To become or be reversed.
(v. i.)
To return; to revert.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\re*verse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. reversed (?);p. pr. & vb. n. reversing.] [see reverse, a., 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.
2. to cause to return; to recall. [obs.] and to his fresh remembrance did reverse the ugly view of his deformed crimes.
3. to change totally; to alter to the opposite. reverse the doom of death. she reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of bray. w. scott.
4. to turn upside down; to invert. a pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill. w. temple.
5. hence, to overthrow; to subvert. these can divide, and these reverse, the state. custom reverses even the distinctions of good and evil.
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.
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.

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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Hep-hynt = n. a whim, reverse
Llettrodi = v. to reverse over
Tur = n. a reverse, a turn up
Turio = v. to reverse; to turn
Ymchwel = n. return, reverse
     reserve     severer
1. Invert, turn upside down, turn end for end, turn topsy-turvy.
2. Overturn, overthrow, overset, subvert.
3. Change to the opposite.
4. Annul, repeal, revoke, rescind, countermand, overthrow, make void.
WordNet 2.0

1. a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
(synonym) contrary, opposite
(hypernym) opposition, oppositeness
(derivation) revoke, annul, lift, countermand, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate
2. the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
(hypernym) gear, gear mechanism
(part-holonym) car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar
3. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
(synonym) reversal, setback, blow, black eye
(hypernym) happening, occurrence, natural event
(hyponym) whammy
4. the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
(synonym) verso
(antonym) obverse
(hypernym) side
(hyponym) tail
(part-holonym) coin
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
(hypernym) run, running, running play, running game
(hyponym) double reverse
(classification) American football, American football game
6. turning in the opposite direction
(synonym) reversion, reversal, turnabout, turnaround
(hypernym) change of direction, reorientation
(hyponym) about-face, about turn
(derivation) invert

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"
(synonym) change by reversal, turn
(hypernym) change
(hyponym) interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop
(derivation) contrary, opposite
2. turn inside out or upside down
(synonym) invert
(hypernym) change, alter, modify
(derivation) reversion, reversal, turnabout, turnaround
3. rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
(synonym) overrule, overturn, override, overthrow
(hypernym) rule, decree
(derivation) reversal
4. annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
(synonym) revoke, annul, lift, countermand, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate
(hypernym) cancel, strike down
(hyponym) renege, renege on, renegue on, go back on
(derivation) contrary, opposite

1. directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement"
(synonym) rearward
(similar) backward
2. reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
(synonym) inverse
(similar) backward
3. of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; "in reverse gear"
(antonym) forward
Reverse Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Abbreviation Airbus A340
Reverse Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
- Method in class java.lang.StringBuffer 
public StringBuffer reverse ()
The character sequence contained in this string buffer is replaced by the reverse of the sequence. Let be the length of the old character sequence, the one contained in the string buffer just prior to execution of the reverse method. Then the character at index in the new character sequence is equal to the character at index in the old character sequence.Returns: a reference to this object..
- Static method in class java.util.Collections 
public static void reverse (List  l)
Reverses the order of the elements in the specified list. This method runs in linear time.Parameters: list - the list whose elements are to be reversed.Throws: UnsupportedOperationException - if the specified list's list-iterator does not support the set operation.
Reverse Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Reverse may refer to:
  • The reverse side of currency or a flag; see Obverse and reverse
  • A change in the direction of:
    • the movement of a motor or other prime mover; see Transmission (mechanics)
    • an engineering design: see Reverse engineering
    • a jet engine's thrust: see Thrust reversal
  • Reverse lookup (disambiguation) as in:
    • Reverse telephone directory
    • Reverse DNS lookup
    • Backmasking

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Reverse Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
REVERSE, REVERSAL - When an appellate court sets aside the decision of a lower court because of an error. A reversal is often followed by a remand.

If an appellate court rules that a trial court or lower appellate court made errors that may have caused an incorrect outcome in a case, the appellate court can do a number of things, including: * reverse (wipe out) the outcome and send the case back for a new trial, if the error occurred during trial; * substitute a new decision, if the error occurred at the first appeal, or; * modify the outcome, for example, reduce the amount of damages.

The decision of a superior court by which the judgment, sentence or decree of the inferior court is annulled.

After a judgment, sentence or decree has been rendered by the court below, a writ of error may be issued from the superior to the inferior tribunal, when the record and all proceedings are sent to the supreme court on the return to the writ of error. When, on the examination of the record, the superior court gives a judgment different from the inferior court, they are said to reverse the proceeding.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Reverse Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Bowling Termes 1.0
An emphatic backup.