- opposite or contrary in position, direction, order, or character: an impression reverse to what was intended; in reverse sequence.
- with the back or rear part toward the observer: the reverse side of a fabric.
- pertaining to or producing movement in a mechanism opposite to that made under ordinary running conditions: a reverse gear; a reverse turbine.
- acting in a manner opposite or contrary to that which is usual, as an appliance or apparatus.
- noting or pertaining to an image like that seen in a mirror; backward; reversed.
- noting or pertaining to printed matter in which what is normally white, as the page of a book, appears as black, and vice versa.
- the opposite or contrary of something.
- the back or rear of anything.
- 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.
- an adverse change of fortune; a misfortune, check, or defeat: to meet with an unexpected reverse.
- the condition of being reversed: to throw an engine into reverse.
- a reversing mechanism.
- Football. a play on offense in which one back running laterally hands the ball to another back who is running in the opposite direction and who then makes either an end run or a cutback.
- Bridge. reverse bid.
- Printing. printed matter in which areas that normally appear as white are printed in black, and vice versa.
- to turn in an opposite position; transpose: The printer accidently reversed two chapters of the book.
- to turn in the opposite direction; send on the opposite course.
- to turn inside out or upside down.
- to change the direction of running of (a mechanism).
- to cause (a mechanism) to run in a direction opposite to that in which it commonly runs.
- to revoke or annul (a decree, judgment, etc.): to reverse a verdict.
- to alter to the opposite in character or tendency; change completely.
- to turn in the opposite order: to reverse the process of evolution.
- Printing. to print as a reverse.
- to shift into reverse gear: The driver drove forward, then reversed.
- (of a mechanism) to be reversed.
- to turn or move in the opposite or contrary direction, as in dancing.
- Bridge. to make a reverse bid.
Origin of reverse
Synonyms for reverseSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for reverse
Related Words for reversedconverse, inverted, everted, turned, backward, opposite, contrariwise, regressive
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Contemporary Examples of reversed
Although there have been versions recorded where the roles are reversed.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Facing a political backlash, they reversed course in 2011 and announced that the military commission process would be restarted.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start
December 17, 2014
The series also reversed a long trend that saw the character paralyzed by the Joker and confined to a wheelchair for a decade.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
In 2013, however, Paul released another budget proposal that reversed course.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 26
October 26, 2014
Fallin reversed course on that as well, but not before a mini-revolt grew among suburban parents.The Democrats’ Great Plains Firewall: Can Joe Dorman Take the Oklahoma Statehouse?
October 3, 2014
Historical Examples of reversed
Why, the order of nature is reversed, and these children take on the protective.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Science appears to show that every physical process is reciprocal, and may be reversed.Heroes of the Telegraph
He begged that this beautiful state of things might not be reversed.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The sentence has been reversed; the prophecy of Skirving has become history.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
When they should sit next in that cathedral would their posts be reversed?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- to turn or set in an opposite direction, order, or position
- to change into something different or contrary; alter completelyreverse one's policy
- (also intr) to move or cause to move backwards or in an opposite directionto reverse a car
- to run (machinery, etc) in the opposite direction to normal
- to turn inside out
- law to revoke or set aside (a judgment, decree, etc); annul
- (often foll by out) to print from plates so made that white lettering or design of (a page, text, display, etc) appears on a black or coloured background
- reverse arms military to turn one's arms upside down, esp as a token of mourning
- reverse the charge or reverse the charges to make a telephone call at the recipient's expense
- the opposite or contrary of something
- the back or rear side of something
- a change to an opposite position, state, or direction
- a change for the worse; setback or defeat
- the mechanism or gears by which machinery, a vehicle, etc, can be made to reverse its direction
- (as modifier)reverse gear
- the side of a coin bearing a secondary designCompare obverse (def. 5)
- printed matter in which normally black or coloured areas, esp lettering, appear white, and vice versa
- (as modifier)reverse plates
- in reverse in an opposite or backward direction
- the reverse of emphatically not; not at allhe was the reverse of polite when I called
- opposite or contrary in direction, position, order, nature, etc; turned backwards
- back to front; inverted
- operating or moving in a manner contrary to that which is usual
- denoting or relating to a mirror image
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.