- 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.
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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
The sentence has been reversed; the prophecy of Skirving has become history.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He begged that this beautiful state of things might not be reversed.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
When they should sit next in that cathedral would their posts be reversed?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
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.