What does reverse mean?

Definitions for reverse
rɪˈvɜrsre·verse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reverse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reverse, contrary, opposite(noun)

    a relation of direct opposition

    "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

  2. reverse, reverse gear(noun)

    the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed

  3. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye(noun)

    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

  4. reverse, verso(noun)

    the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design

  5. reverse(noun)

    (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. reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaround(adj)

    turning in the opposite direction

  7. rearward, reverse(adj)

    directed or moving toward the rear

    "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement"

  8. reverse(adj)

    of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle

    "in reverse gear"

  9. inverse, reverse(verb)

    reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

  10. change by reversal, turn, reverse(verb)

    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"

  11. turn back, invert, reverse(verb)

    turn inside out or upside down

  12. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverse(verb)

    rule against

    "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"

  13. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate(verb)

    cancel officially

    "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"

  14. invert, reverse(verb)

    reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of

    "when forming a question, invert the subject and the verb"

Wiktionary

  1. reverse(Noun)

    The opposite of something.

    We believed the Chinese weren't ready for us. In fact, the reverse was true.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  2. reverse(Noun)

    The act of going backwards; a reversal.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  3. reverse(Noun)

    A piece of misfortune; a setback.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  4. reverse(Noun)

    The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  5. reverse(Noun)

    The side of something facing away from a viewer, or from what is considered the front; the other side.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  6. reverse(Noun)

    The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  7. reverse(Verb)

    To turn something around such that it faces in the opposite direction.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  8. reverse(Verb)

    To turn something inside out or upside down.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  9. reverse(Verb)

    To transpose the positions of two things.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  10. reverse(Verb)

    To return, come back.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  11. reverse(Verb)

    To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  12. reverse(Verb)

    To cause a mechanism or a vehicle to operate or move in the opposite direction.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  13. reverse(Verb)

    To change the direction of a reaction such that the products become the reactants and vice-versa.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  14. reverse(Verb)

    To place a set of points in the reverse position

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  15. reverse(Verb)

    to move from the normal position to the reverse position

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  16. reverse(Adverb)

    In a reverse way or direction; upside-down.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  17. reverse(Adjective)

    Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  18. reverse(Adjective)

    Pertaining to engines, vehicle movement etc. moving in a direction opposite to the usual direction.

    He selected reverse gear.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

  19. reverse(Adjective)

    to be in the non-default position; to be set for the lesser-used route.

    Etymology: From revers (noun, adjective), reversser (verb), revers (noun, adjectve), reverser (verb), and their source, reversus (past participle), reversare (verb), from re- + versare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reverse(adj)

    turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  2. Reverse(adj)

    turned upside down; greatly disturbed

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  3. Reverse(adj)

    reversed; as, a reverse shell

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  4. Reverse(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  5. Reverse(adj)

    that which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  6. Reverse(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  7. Reverse(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  8. Reverse(adj)

    a thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  9. Reverse(adj)

    a turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  10. Reverse(adj)

    to turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  11. Reverse(adj)

    to cause to return; to recall

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  12. Reverse(adj)

    to change totally; to alter to the opposite

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  13. Reverse(adj)

    to turn upside down; to invert

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  14. Reverse(adj)

    hence, to overthrow; to subvert

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  15. Reverse(adj)

    to overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  16. Reverse(verb)

    to return; to revert

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

  17. Reverse(verb)

    to become or be reversed

    Etymology: [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See Revert.]

Freebase

  1. Reverse

    A reverse is a relatively common trick play in American football that involves one or more abrupt changes in the lateral flow of a rushing play.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reverse

    rē-vėrs′, v.t. to place in the contrary order or position: to change wholly: to overthrow: to change by an opposite decision: to annul: to revoke, as a decree: to recall.—n. that which is reversed: the opposite: the back, esp. of a coin or medal: change: misfortune: a calamity: in fencing, a back-handed stroke: (her.) the exact contrary of what has been described just before, as an escutcheon.—adj. turned backward: having an opposite direction: upset.—n. Rever′sal, act of reversing.—adj. Reversed′, turned or changed to the contrary: inside out: (bot.) resupinate.—adv. Rever′sedly.—adj. Reverse′less, unalterable.—adv. Reverse′ly, in a reverse order: on the other hand: on the opposite.—ns. Rever′ser (Scots law), a mortgager of land; Rever′si, a game played by two persons with sixty-four counters; Reversibil′ity, the capability of being reversed, as of heat into work and work into heat.—adj. Rever′sible, that may be reversed, as in a fabric having both sides well finished.—ns. Rever′sing-cyl′inder, the cylinder of a small auxiliary steam-engine; Rever′sing-gear, those parts of a steam-engine by which the direction of the motion is changed; Rever′sing-lē′ver, a lever in a steam-engine which operates the slide-valve; Rever′sing-machine′, a moulding-machine in founding, in which the flask can be reversed; Rever′sing-mō′tion, any mechanism for changing the direction of motion of an engine; Rever′sing-shaft, a shaft which permits a reversal of the order of steam passage through the ports; Rever′sing-valve, the valve of a reversing-cylinder; Rever′sion, the act of reverting or returning: that which reverts or returns: the return or future possession of any property after some particular event: the right to future possession: (biol.) return to some type of ancestral character: return to the wild state after domestication.—adj. Rever′sionary, relating to a reversion: to be enjoyed in succession: atavic.—ns. Rever′sioner; Rever′sis, an old French game of cards in which the aim was to take the fewest tricks.—adj. Rever′sive.—n. Rever′so (print.), any one of the left-hand pages of a book.—Reverse a battery, to turn the current of electricity by means of a commutator; Reverse shell, a univalve shell which has its volutions the reversed way of the common screw; Reversionary annuity, a deferred annuity. [L. reversus, pa.p. of revertĕre, to turn back—re-, back, vertĕre, to turn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reverse

    A change; a vicissitude. Also, the flank at the other extremity from the pivot of a division is termed the reverse flank.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reverse

    A change for the worse, or partial defeat.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reverse' in Verbs Frequency: #665

Anagrams for reverse »

  1. reserve

  2. severer

  3. reveres

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of reverse in a Sentence

  1. Morgan Stanley:

    Yield differentials and a weaker euro are likely to keep the reverse Yankee theme alive for longer.

  2. Erdogan Erdogan:

    Unless Nick Heras starts respecting Turkey's sovereignty and proves that Nick Heras understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy, before Nick Heras is too late, Washington must give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical and come to terms with the fact that Turkey has alternatives. Failure to reverse this trend of unilateralism and disrespect will require us to start looking for new friends and allies.

  3. Louis Gifford:

    Pain is multidimensional, and so should management be, that is what we are grappling with and it is not at all easy at present, but it will be before long. Important changes take time to integrate and get right. Things are changing for the better and the physiotherapy profession in this country stands to gain a great deal of respect for the way in which it is taking on this material. Patients and society should also benefit, and as Gordon Waddell (1998) powerfully points out, if medicine can create a low back pain disability epidemic, then it can also reverse it.”

  4. Roald Dahl:

    We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.

  5. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Do what is expected of you, dare to say all that you ought to say, as well endeavour to write and publish all your thoughts or ideas. Moreover, never mind who will read, assimilate, utilize, apply or criticize them (presently) or (subsequently). In other words, strive to do your best in life and then relax and allow the end to justify the means. For, the end is meant to justify the means. Yes! the end of your life should be worthwhile and not at all worthless. If the reverse is the case, then believe you me it is not yet the end of your life (your expected end is yet to come). ~Emeasoba George

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Translations for reverse

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  • Rückwärtsgang, umgekehrtGerman
  • όπισθενGreek
  • inversigiEsperanto
  • al revés, reverso, marcha atrás, en sentido contrarioSpanish
  • marche arrièreFrench
  • ribaltato, retromarcia, invertito, inversoItalian
  • 裏返す, 逆進, あべこべ, 裏, 覆す, 逆, 逆転Japanese
  • achteruitDutch
  • marcha ré, inverter, reverter, ré, versoPortuguese
  • întoarce, inversă, contrariu, abroga, spate, bascula, verso, revers, răsturna, dos, răsturnat, invers, anula, revocaRomanian
  • противоположный, обратныйRussian
  • backSwedish
  • ถอยหลังThai
  • tersTurkish
  • скасувати, касуватиUkrainian
  • số deVietnamese
  • 相反Chinese

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