• "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
    "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reversed turned about in order or relation "transposed letters"
    • adj reversed turned inside out and resewn "the reversed collar looked as good as new"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Repeated pattern, alternately reversed, forming a linear design Repeated pattern, alternately reversed, forming a linear design
Design for the Reverse of the Jubilee Medallion Design for the Reverse of the Jubilee Medallion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
    • Reversed (Law) Annulled and the contrary substituted; as, a reversed judgment or decree.
    • Reversed (Bot. & Zoöl) Turned side for side, or end for end; changed to the contrary;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Reversing Falls is in Canada, where the St. John River flows into the Bay of Fundy at St. John, New Brunswick. The rapids at this juncture flows normally at low tide, backwards at high tide. Between tides there is a 15-minute period in which the river is placid and boaters sail by very quickly.
    • reversed Turned in a contrary or opposite position, direction, order, or state to that which is normal or usual; reverse; upside down; inside out; hind part before.
    • reversed Made void; overthrown or annulled: as, a reversed judgment or decree.
    • reversed In geology, noting strata which have been so completely overturned by crust-movements that older beds overlie those more recent, or occupy a reversed position.
    • reversed In botany, of flowers, resupinate (Bigelow); of leaves, having the lower surface turned upward (Imp. Dict.).
    • reversed In conchology, sinistral, sinistrorse, or sinistrorsal; turning to the left; reverse; heterostrophic. See cut under reverse.
    • reversed In heraldry, facing in a position the contrary of its usual position: said of any bearing which has a well-defined position on the escutcheon: thus, a chevron reversed is one which issues from the top of the escutcheon, and has its point downward. Also renverse, reversic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Reversed turned or changed to the contrary: inside out:
    • adj Reversed (bot.) resupinate
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.”
  • Horace
    “The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Our hopes are but memories reversed.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. reversus, pa.p. of revertĕre, to turn back—re-, back, vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

Yet some of the instances given as probable or possible causes of reversion by Mr. Darwin, can hardly be such.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
It is therefore the reverse of analysis.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
A few hours later news came in of the reverse at Nicholson's Nek.
"Story of the War in South Africa" by Alfred T. Mahan
I venture to think that the exact reverse will be found to be a vast deal nearer the truth: viz.
"The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels" by John Burgon
What he now sees is the very reverse.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Fortunate is the person who has been educated to the perception of beauty; he possesses a heritage of which no reverses can rob him.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It is the reversion of the order for him to take the subordinate place and serve the inferior creation.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Reverse current, and give a wild animal.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
In the heat of the midday, this state of things is reversed.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The figure is reversed.
"John Baptist Jackson" by Jacob Kainen

In poetry:

This crime is universal,
It travels this wide world o'er,
It makes men's hearts reversal,
And puts conscience out the door.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
O sad reverse! -- Sunk on the ground;
His slaughter'd son he view'd;
And dying Birtha, close he found,
In brother's blood imbrued.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Bat-winged heart of man
Reversed flame
Shuddering a strange way down the bottomless pit
To the great depths of its reversed zenith.
"St. Matthew" by D H Lawrence
"When it was over, for a whim,
He ran to tell the King;
And being the reverse of slim,
A two-mile trot was not for him
A very easy thing.
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
The law of grace o'erturns the scale,
And makes the quite reverse prevail:
Its promise lights not on the deed,
But on the doing person's head;
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
But luck may change, and valor fail,
Our drummer, Peter, meet reverse,
And with a moral points his tale—
The end of all such tales—a curse.
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

After some high-profile distractions, supervisors start reversing Newsom's spending cuts.
To help reverse the effects of its information malnutrition, a sales team must let its marketing department know what customer data is of value and what is not.
Stainless steel construction is standard, as is forward and reverse flow configurations.
Mercedes reverse engineered the street version.
Court reverses $1.2M ruling against USM.
Heart disease is the number one killer here in Western New York, but there's one local women who is doing all she can to reverse that trend.
MicLordz & Sauce Funky vs Falling In Reverse – Cockfight.
Report urges nations to 'reverse the decline of drylands'.
Do women really want to see a Romney presidency, especially, since he would get to appoint more than one Supreme Court justice, which would then open the door for a reversal of the 5-4 Roe v Wade Decision.
Agency reverses its decision on Bridge Street dam, allowing village to save money on repair project.
Both presidential candidates spent the weekend trying to explain away recent policy reversals.
Michael Koresky (of Criterion Collection and Reverse Shot ) is a fan of Native Land, which is screening in the UCLA Festival of Preservation tomorrow at 8:30pm.
Senate panel OKs $604 defense bill, reverses Air Force.
Their roles have been reversed by time.
Obama's and Romney's Rhetorical Role Reversal on China.

In science:

To the question: what can we learn about one weighted reversible measure from the local time ? The above proposition is not very useful, because it mixes different values of the reversible measure.
The local time of a random walk on growing hypercubes
The trivial case, δ ≡ 0, d ≥ 2 In this case the reversible measure on Ck can only takes d different values and by definition Ck are level sets for V , however Ck is not a level set for the reversible measure π .
The local time of a random walk on growing hypercubes
It was shown that scattered acoustic waves can be time-reversed and focused onto their original source location through arbitrary media, using a so-called time-reversal mirror .
Computational time-reversal imaging with a small number of random and noisy measurements
Two measures on GN are of particular interest: the reversible probability πGN (y ) = wy /w(GN ) for pGN (., .) and the uniform measure µ(y ) = 1/|GN |, y ∈ GN , which is reversible for the continuous-time transition probabilities qGN (., .), t ≥ 0.
Random walks on discrete cylinders with large bases and random interlacements
Thus the evolution of any (reversible/quantum) CA can be expressed as an infinite (reversible/quantum) circuit of (reversible/ quantum) gates repeating across space.
Intrinsically universal n-dimensional quantum cellular automata