- 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 reversely
The perfume of flowers is delighted in, and, reversely, disagreeable odours repel.The Coming of the Fairies|Arthur Conan Doyle
Reversely, the greater the velocity of lead, the greater its effect on the object struck.Gunnery in 1858|William Greener
Reversely, what an awful thing it must be for the conscience if one is not properly called.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
It was forgotten that, reversely, if we have property, we must always have armies and fleets to protect it.Ten Years Near the German Frontier|Maurice Francis Egan
All parts of each of the two trees that rise from the bottom of the field are reversely duplicated in the other.Oriental Rugs|Walter A. Hawley
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.