- Reverse is defined as the opposite or the opposing side of something.
An example of reverse is pro life to pro choice.
- Reverse means to go backward, or to turn inside out or to the correct side.
- An example of to reverse is to back a car out of the driveway.
- An example of to reverse is to switch a sign so that it is facing the right way.
- turned backward; opposite or contrary, as in position, direction, order, etc.
- with the back showing or in view
- reversing the usual effect so as to show white letters, etc. on a black background
- acting or moving in a way or direction opposite or contrary to the usual
- causing movement backward or in the opposite direction: reverse gear
Origin of reverseMiddle English revers from Old French from Classical Latin reversus, past participle of revertere: see revert
- the opposite or contrary of something
- the back or rear of something; specif., the side, as of a coin or medal, not bearing the main image or design
- the act or an instance of reversing; change to the opposite
- a change from good fortune to bad; defeat, check, or misfortune
- a mechanism, etc. for reversing, as a gear arrangement in a transmission that causes a machine, motor vehicle, etc. to run backward or in the opposite direction
- a reversing movement
- Football a type of play in which a ball carrier running toward a sideline gives the ball to a teammate going the opposite way
transitive verb-·versed′, -·vers′ing
- to turn backward, in an opposite position or direction, upside down, or inside out
- to change to the opposite; alter completely
- to cause to go or move backward or in an opposite direction
- to exchange or transpose
- to transfer (the charges for a telephone call) to the party being called
- Law to revoke or annul (a decision, judgment, etc.)
- to move, go, or turn backward or in the opposite direction
- to put a motor, engine, etc. in reverse; reverse the action of a mechanism
- Turned backward in position, direction, or order: the reverse side of the poster.
- Moving, acting, or organized in a manner contrary to the usual: in reverse order.
- Causing backward movement: a reverse gear.
- Printing Printed in such a way that the normally colored part appears white against a colored or black background.
- The opposite or contrary: All along we thought Sue was older than Bill, but just the reverse was true.
- a. The back or rear part: the reverse of the flyer.b. The side of a coin or medal that does not carry the principal design; the verso.
- A change to an opposite position, condition, or direction.
- A change in fortune from better to worse; a setback: suffered financial reverses.
- a. A mechanism, such as a gear in a motor vehicle, that is used to reverse movement.b. The position or operating condition of such a mechanism.c. Movement in an opposite direction.
- Football An offensive play in which a ball carrier running in one direction executes a handoff to a player running in the opposite direction.
verbre·versed, re·vers·ing, re·vers·es
- To turn around to the opposite direction: The wind reversed the weather vane.
- To turn inside out or upside down: reverse a jacket.
- To exchange the positions of; transpose: reversed the people on stage.
- Law To change or set aside (a lower court's decision).
- a. To cause to adopt a contrary viewpoint: reversed himself during the campaign.b. To change to the opposite: reversed their planned course of action.
- To cause (an engine or mechanism) to function in reverse.
- To direct that (a charge) apply to the person receiving instead of making a telephone call.
- To turn or move in the opposite direction.
- To reverse the action of an engine.
Origin of reverseMiddle English revers from Old French from Latin reversus past participle of revertere to turn back ; see revert .
reverse (top) and obverse (bottom) of a Polish zloty coin
(comparative more reverse, superlative most reverse)
- Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction. [from 14th c.]
- We ate the meal in reverse order, starting with dessert and ending with the starter.
- The mirror showed us a reverse view of the scene.
- Pertaining to engines, vehicle movement etc. moving in a direction opposite to the usual direction. [from 19th c.]
- He selected reverse gear.
- (rail transport, of points) to be in the non-default position; to be set for the lesser-used route.
- Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
- (botany) Reversed.
- a reverse shell
(comparative more reverse, superlative most reverse)
- (now rare) In a reverse way or direction; upside-down. [from 14th c.]
- The opposite of something. [from 14th c.]
- We believed the Chinese weren't ready for us. In fact, the reverse was true.
- The act of going backwards; a reversal. [from 15th c.]
- A piece of misfortune; a setback. [from 16th c.]
- The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse. [from 17th c.]
- The side of something facing away from a viewer, or from what is considered the front; the other side. [from 18th c.]
- The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards. [from 19th c.]
- A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
- (surgery) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
(third-person singular simple present reverses, present participle reversing, simple past and past participle reversed)
- (intransitive) To turn something around such that it faces in the opposite direction.
- (intransitive) To turn something inside out or upside down.
- (intransitive) To transpose the positions of two things.
- To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
- (law) To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.
- to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree
- (ergative) To cause a mechanism or a vehicle to operate or move in the opposite direction to normal.
- (chemistry) To change the direction of a reaction such that the products become the reactants and vice-versa.
- (rail transport) To place a set of points in the reverse position
- (rail transport, intransitive, of points) to move from the normal position to the reverse position
- To overthrow; to subvert.