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Definition of Reverse


  1. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
  2. Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
  3. Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
  4. 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.
  5. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
  9. A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
  10. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
  11. To cause to return; to recall.
  12. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
  13. To turn upside down; to invert.
  14. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
  15. To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
  16. To return; to revert.
  17. To become or be reversed.
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Reverse Translations

reverse in Afrikaans is teenoorgesteld
reverse in Dutch is achterzijde, ommezijde, rugstuk
reverse in Finnish is vastakkainen
reverse in French is verso, inverse
reverse in Portuguese is reverso