Definition of reverse :
1. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
2. A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
3. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
4. Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
5. That which appears or is presented when anything, as a lance, a line, a course of conduct, etc., is reverted or turned contrary to its natural direction.
6. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
7. The act of reversing; complete change; reversal; hence, total change in circumstances or character; especially, a change from better to worse; misfortune; a check or defeat; as, the enemy met with a reverse.
8. The back side; as, the reverse of a drum or trench; the reverse of a medal or coin, that is, the side opposite to the obverse. See Obverse.
9. To become or be reversed.
10. To cause to return; to recall.
11. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
12. To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
13. To return; to revert.
14. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
15. To turn upside down; to invert.
16. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
17. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
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invert (part of speech: verb)
negate (part of speech: verb)
diametric (part of speech: adjective)
opposite (part of speech: adjective)
revert (part of speech: verb)
opposite side (part of speech: noun)
- My reverse is nothing but the fortune of war. - "The Deluge", David Graham Phillips.
- Do not believe that you can learn correct vision from the blind, nor that you can really profit by hearing how a piece should not be played, and then trying the reverse. - "Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered", Josef Hofmann.
- It was only necessary to reverse the operation: by pulling the bell- wire in the Herr Count's study the screen was rolled up. - "The Nameless Castle", Maurus JÃ³kai.