- 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.
- reversal film,
- reversal plate,
- reversal process,
- reverse angle shot,
- reverse annuity mortgage,
- reverse apartheid,
- reverse bar,
- reverse bevel
Origin of reverse
Examples from the Web for reverse
But Republican and Democratic parties have made efforts to reverse that trend.
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|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.
Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).
Europeans seem to find them exotic, an odd case of culture-envy in reverse.
Could he reverse the steering-gear in all that flame and smoke?Egholm and his God|Johannes Buchholtz
The signet is hung upon a swivel, and has hieroglyphics on what may be called the reverse.
How fatal then, how tormenting, how intolerable, must her reverse of fortune be!The Adventures of Roderick Random|Tobias Smollett
Christopher could afford to be magnanimous toward Alan, now that Elisabeth was the reverse.The Farringdons|Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
Turn your minds eye upon the reverse of all this false felicity and you will perceive the true happiness.Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'|Geoffrey Chaucer
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.