Reverse
Reverse Re*verse" (r[-e]*v[~e]rs"), n. [Cf. F. revers. See {Reverse}, a.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

He did so with the reverse of the lance. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

And then mistook reverse of wrong for right. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

To make everything the reverse of what they have seen, is quite as easy as to destroy. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

The strange reverse of fate you see; I pitied you, now you may pity me. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

By a reverse of fortune, Stephen becomes rich. --Lamb. [1913 Webster]

4. 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}. [1913 Webster]

5. A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. (Surg.) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed. [1913 Webster]


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  • Reverse — Re*verse , a. [OE. revers, OF. revers, L. reversus, p. p. of revertere. See {Revert}.] 1. Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method. A vice reverse unto this.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Reverse — Re*verse , v. i. 1. To return; to revert. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To become or be reversed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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