- the side of a coin, medal, etc., that does not bear the principal design (opposed to obverse).
- the side of an ancient coin that was struck by the upper die.
- the condition of being reversed: to throw an engine into reverse.
- a reversing mechanism.
verb (used with object), re·versed, re·vers·ing.
verb (used without object), re·versed, re·vers·ing.
Origin of reverse
Synonyms for reverse
Antonyms for reverse
Related Words for reversereversal, shift, overturn, quash, invalidate, repeal, revoke, modify, dismantle, undo, nullify, lift, annul, overrule, alter, rescind, about-face, antithesis, back, underside
Examples from the Web for reverse
Contemporary Examples of reverse
But Republican and Democratic parties have made efforts to reverse that trend.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
So now the company is asking the FCC to, in effect, reverse itself.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
Europeans seem to find them exotic, an odd case of culture-envy in reverse.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of reverse
To make it such is in every respect the reverse of scientific.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
The Hampshire knight was not a man to be disheartened by a reverse.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The action of the 16th September is considered by some to have been a reverse.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Then, without comment, he glided out to reverse all his arrangements.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Will you take my word for it, when I tell you she has not your right interests at heart, but the reverse?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
verb (mainly tr)
- the mechanism or gears by which machinery, a vehicle, etc, can be made to reverse its direction
- (as modifier)reverse gear
- printed matter in which normally black or coloured areas, esp lettering, appear white, and vice versa
- (as modifier)reverse plates
Word Origin for reverse
c.1300, from Old French revers "reverse, cross, opposite" (13c.), from Latin reversus, past participle of revertere "turn back, turn about, come back, return" (see revert). Reverse angle in film-making is from 1934. Reverse discrimination is attested from 1962, American English.
mid-14c., "opposite or contrary" (of something), from reverse (adj.) or from Old French Related: revers "the opposite, reverse." Meaning "a defeat, a change of fortune" is from 1520s; meaning "back side of a coin" is from 1620s. Of gear-shifts in motor cars, from 1875. As a type of sports play (originally rugby) it is recorded from 1921.
early 14c. (transitive), "change, alter;" early 15c. (intransitive), "go backward," from Old French reverser "reverse, turn around; roll, turn up" (12c.), from Late Latin reversare "turn about, turn back," frequentative of Latin revertere (see revert). Related: Reversed; reversing.