• "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
    "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reversive tending to be turned back
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
    • reversive Causing or tending to cause reversal.
    • reversive Reverting; tending toward reversion; specifically, in biology, returning or tending to return to an ancestral or original type; reversionary; atavic.
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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.”


In literature:

But if their bodies are divine, their hearts, apparently, are quite the reverse.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
In the face of this reversal moderation became meaningless.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
It is the reverse of scarce.
"A Tramp Abroad, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Strange to say, their roles seemed to be reversed.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Gertrude explained to her sister that she meant just the reverse; she did n't like it at all.
"The Europeans" by Henry James
Examples of such a reversion on a small scale abound in the later history of migration and colonization.
"The Theory of the Leisure Class" by Thorstein Veblen
One awful hour reversed the fortunes of the contending parties.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
Quite the reverse; it is a constant marvel to me how contentedly they use it for either purpose.
"The Memorabilia" by Xenophon
The rotation was reversed when the current was reversed.
"Faraday As A Discoverer" by John Tyndall
In many cases we do not know what the aboriginal stock was, and so could not tell whether or not nearly perfect reversion had ensued.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
He was a long, unkempt-looking man with a cold, forbidding face, and his manner was the reverse of cordial.
"The Malefactor" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In this country the scene would be altogether reversed.
"The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
For the Japanese mind is quite the reverse of abstract.
"The Soul of the Far East" by Percival Lowell
In the vast majority of cases, they do just the reverse.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
He has hitherto honoured his reputed parents and disregarded the flatterers, and now he does the reverse.
"The Republic" by Plato
For he is actually bringing about the reverse of what he intended.
"Gorgias" by Plato
But the actual results were rather the reverse of this.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
ATHENIAN: And yet the aim of all the laws which he gave would be the reverse of war.
"Laws" by Plato
If the speaker be a female, using the Turanian style, these terms are reversed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
The uniform mode of stopping to clear the track was by reversing the engine.
"Capturing a Locomotive" by William Pittenger

In poetry:

Lord, thou hast called thy grace to mind,
Thou hast reversed our heavy doom;
So God forgave when Isr'el sinned,
And brought his wand'ring captives home.
"Psalm 85 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And then from many a poet's page
The blest reverse he proved:
How sweet to pass life's pilgrimage,
From purple youth to sere old age,
Aye loving and beloved!
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston
This was made plain the anger of the gods;
The universe gave signs Nature reversed
In monstrous tumult fraught with prodigies
Her laws, and prescient spake the coming guilt.
"Pharsalia - Book II: The Flight Of Pompeius" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
Like Esau's, 'tis a bargain most unwise,
A bargain, that will make thee wail and weep,
To sell thy bright reversion in the skies,
A night perhaps with some lewd punk to sleep!
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Oh! sad reverse! The dire delusive wind,
Which promis'd fair to bring thee to her breast,
Thy youthful honours to the wave consign'd,
And bore thy spirit to the realms of rest
"Lines To The Memory Of An Amiable Youth Of Great Promise" by Sir John Carr
"Angels and ministers of grace defend us,"
Not airs from Heaven, quite the reverse you send us,
Your priests who counsel war and vengeance dire,
Their text—extermination, sword, and fire.
"North America and Her War Parsons" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The Christ Child Society of Akron Night Club Reverse Raffle/Silent Auction will be held at 6 pm March 5 at St George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron.
There should be two Supreme Courts, one to reverse the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the other to hear all other cases.
Liberty University reverses policy on concealed weapons .
President Reverses Policy on Condolence Letters.
Whether it's bid shopping, reverse auctions, or payment games, the majority of construction professionals believe the business is tainted by unethical behavior.
Involve more people in law-making, runs one theory on how to reverse the decline in voter turn-out, and people might be less apathetic.
Egypt and other countries must reverse this practice of impunity for perpetrators.
Whether you have skin spots from sun exposure, or you picked a zit that left you with a dark spot, there's a chance you can reverse your skin damage without a trip to the dermatologist.
The country has made fragile, too-easily-reversible advances since its descent into chaos nearly two years ago.
Will today's kids be the first generation to reverse US longevity gains.
BV-10 system for threaded and flanged connections features high tolerance for reverse bending stress, sudden pressure increases, peak pressures, vibration, and temperature fluctuations.
Lakeway judge reverses cowboy boot ban.
Judgment Reversed – New trial under ' Cress .
Courts And Judges — Criminal Contempt — Contempt Finding Reversed.
We're thinking about taking out a reverse mortgage and using it as a line of credit .

In science:

Pseudo-random operators from the universal classes with time-reversal symmetry may help a quantum computer simulate systems with time-reversal symmetries.
Pseudo-random operators of the circular ensembles
For both architectures we show how to implement the unitary part of the time-reversal operator on a quantum computer which, for the QCA case, requires identifying a suitable, nonstandard form of the time-reversal operator.
Pseudo-random operators of the circular ensembles
Indeed it is easily reversible with reversibility measure given by m(x) := #{y : (x, y ) ∈ E }, which is clearly infinite.
A note on compact Markov operators
Let (X, P ) be a reversible random walk, m a reversibility measure and x ∈ Γ a fixed vertex.
A note on compact Markov operators
In a classical relativistic framework, one could not avoid energy reversal under time reversal simply because energy is the time component of a four-vector.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
Therefore, the interchange of initial and final states is only justified under the assumption that time coordinate reversal implies time arrow reversal.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
The QFT choice leads to momentum reversal, a very surprising result for a mass-less particle, since in this case it amounts to a genuine wavelength reversal and not frequency reversal, as one would have expected.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
But the good new is that reversing the time coordinate does not necessarily imply reversing the arrow of time, i.e interchanging initial and final state.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
Charge and charge density are invariant while current densities get reversed under a unitary time reversal (see section VI).
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
For a massive particle this may be interpreted as mass reversal coming along with velocity reversal.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
But in the unitary time reversal scenario it is not at all obvious that the velocity is built out of the time coordinate which gets reversed.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
T a† (E , m, p, σ)T −1 = ˜a† (−E , −m, p, −σ) Thus, upon time reversal, energy, rest energy and spin are reversed.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
For instance, it is often stated that a unitary time reversal operator is not allowed because it would produce the not acceptable charge reversal.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
First reversal of the field generates the upper half of the minor loop, and a second reversal generates the lower half.
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State
When the field on second reversal reaches the point where the first reversal was made, the lower half of the minor loop meets the starting point of the upper half.
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State