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, oppositenoun

    a relation of direct opposition

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

  2. reverse, reverse gearnoun

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

  3. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eyenoun

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

  4. reverse, versonoun

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

  5. reversenoun

    (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, turnaroundadjective

    turning in the opposite direction

  7. rearward, reverseadjective

    directed or moving toward the rear

    "a rearward glance"; "a rearward movement"

  8. reverseadjective

    of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle

    "in reverse gear"

  9. inverse, reverseverb

    reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

  10. change by reversal, turn, reverseverb

    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, reverseverb

    turn inside out or upside down

  12. overrule, overturn, override, overthrow, reverseverb

    rule against

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

  13. revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacateverb

    cancel officially

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

  14. invert, reverseverb

    reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of

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

Wiktionary

  1. reversenoun

    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. reversenoun

    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. reversenoun

    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. reversenoun

    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. reversenoun

    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. reversenoun

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseverb

    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. reverseadverb

    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. reverseadjective

    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. reverseadjective

    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. reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    turned upside down; greatly disturbed

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

  3. Reverseadjective

    reversed; as, a reverse shell

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

  4. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseadjective

    to cause to return; to recall

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

  12. Reverseadjective

    to change totally; to alter to the opposite

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

  13. Reverseadjective

    to turn upside down; to invert

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

  14. Reverseadjective

    hence, to overthrow; to subvert

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

  15. Reverseadjective

    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. Reverseverb

    to return; to revert

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

  17. Reverseverb

    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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    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. Kailee Scales:

    Folks in Black Lives Matter have been consistently fighting to reverse that trend, to raise awareness that this is not the way we're supposed to live.

  2. Peter Cecchini:

    European Central Bank's almost like a reverse Goldilocks scenario because U.S. data has been just good enough for the Fed to act, while global data has continued to deteriorate.

  3. Jon Ossoff:

    The people need help. David Perdue must reverse David Perdue opposition to $ 2,000 checks and join Democrats, President-elect Biden, and President Trump in immediately supporting $ 2,000 relief checks for David Perdue constituents.

  4. Raul Leoni:

    I've been here for 20 years but I've always felt Venezuelan, that's where I want to be and I think the country will need the help of many people to reverse the damage done over the last three decades.

  5. Emma Navarro:

    European citizens are highly concerned about climate change and its impact on their everyday life and future, interestingly, many of them are optimistic about the possibility to reverse it. Unfortunately, science says otherwise. We have one shot at limiting global warming and mitigating its effects.

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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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