• "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
    "The driver heard them, and reversed his engine."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reversion a failure to maintain a higher state
    • n reversion returning to a former state
    • n reversion turning in the opposite direction
    • n reversion a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
    • n reversion (genetics) a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)
    • n reversion (law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee)
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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.
    • Reversion (Annuities) A payment which is not to be received, or a benefit which does not begin, until the happening of some event, as the death of a living person.
    • Reversion (Biol) A return towards some ancestral type or character; atavism.
    • Reversion Hence, a right to future possession or enjoyment; succession. "For even reversions are all begged before."
    • Reversion That which reverts or returns; residue. "The small reversion of this great navy which came home might be looked upon by religious eyes as relics."
    • Reversion The act of returning, or coming back; return. "After his reversion home, [he] was spoiled, also, of all that he brought with him."
    • Reversion (Law) The returning of an estate to the grantor or his heirs, by operation of law, after the grant has terminated; hence, the residue of an estate left in the proprietor or owner thereof, to take effect in possession, by operation of law, after the termination of a limited or less estate carved out of it and conveyed by him.
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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.
    • n reversion The act of reverting or returning to a former position, state, frame of mind, subject, etc.; return; recurrence.
    • n reversion In biology: Return to some ancestral type or plan; exhibition of ancestral characters; atavism; specifically, in botany, the conversion of organs proper to the summit or center of the floral axis into those which belong lower down, as stamens into petals, etc. Also reversal.
    • n reversion Return to the wild or feral state after domestication; exhibition of feral or natural characters after these have been artificially modified or lost.
    • n reversion In law: The returning of property to the grantor or his heirs, after the granted estate or term therein is ended.
    • n reversion Hence— The estate which remains in the grantor where he grants away an estate smaller than that which he has himself.
    • n reversion (See estate, 5, and remainder.) The term is also frequently, though improperly, used to include future estates in remainder.
    • n reversion In Scots law, a right of redeeming landed property which has been either mortgaged or adjudicated to secure the payment of a debt. In the former case the reversion is called conventional, in the latter case it is called legal. See legal.
    • n reversion A right or hope of future possession or enjoyment; succession.
    • n reversion That which reverts or returns; the remainder.
    • n reversion In annuities, a reversionary or deferred annuity. See annuity.
    • n reversion In music, same as retrograde imitation (which see, under retrograde).
    • n reversion In chem., a change by which phosphates (notably such as are associated with oxid of iron and alumina) which have been made soluble in water by means of oil of vitriol, become again insoluble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Reversion the act of reverting or returning: that which reverts or returns: the return or future possession of any property after some particular event: the right to future possession:
    • Reversion (biol.) return to some type of ancestral character: return to the wild state after domestication
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réversion, L. reversio, a turning back. See Revert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. reversus, pa.p. of revertĕre, to turn back—re-, back, vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

But the reverse is not true, at least not as regards the main lines of development.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
A Complex action is one in which the change is accompanied by such Reversal, or by Recognition, or by both.
"Poetics" by Aristotle
It was a repetition of his own early history exactly reversed.
"We Two" by Edna Lyall
These two distinct cases of reversion are often confounded together by those who have written on inheritance.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
The roles were reversed.
"The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams
Political conditions had so changed that they were almost reversed.
"My Memories of Eighty Years" by Chauncey M. Depew
Yet no one would expect to meet with any such reversion in them.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Their former reverses seem completely to have discouraged the Persians from hazarding another naval engagement.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
Comenius reversed the whole process.
"History of the Moravian Church" by J. E. Hutton
The picture is not reversed, but it is reduced, and the details eliminated.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst

In poetry:

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
To see our Father's hand once more
Reverse for us the plenteous horn
Of autumn, filled and running o'er
With fruit, and flower, and golden corn!
"For An Autumn festival" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Is present pain a future bliss,
Or is it something worse?
For instance, take a case like this:
Is fancied kick a real kiss,
Or rather the reverse?
"Abstrosophy" by Gelett Burgess
Arrived this evening at half-past nine.
Everybody is doing fine.
Is it a boy, or quite the reverse?
You can call in the morning and ask the nurse.
"First Child ... Second Child" by Ogden Nash
Shine on, "Lone Star!" in grief and tears,
And sad reverses oft baptized;
Shine on amid thy sister spheres;
Lone stars in heaven are not despised.
"Shine On" by Samuel Francis Smith
But ere the sermon had its close
And picked each dry bone of the feast,
The words reversed themselves and rose
The living mouse, the phantom priest.
"A Winter Walk" by John Albee

In news:

MicLordz & Sauce Funky vs Falling In Reverse – Cockfight.
UN prosecutor disappointed at tribunal's decision to reverse Croat generals' convictions.
A 5-year-old Cuban-American boy and his mother have arrived in Cuba, where they are seeking residence, setting off an international custody battle evoking the Elian Gonzalez case, but in reverse.
This trend is not going to reverse itself.
Southern Methodist University has initiated a thorough assessment of its judicial system after an appellate board of administrators, faculty members and students reversed a lower board's guilty verdict in the campus's first date rape case.
A Florida appellate court has reversed another de facto life sentence for a juvenile.
Any debt you owe on your home is deducted from the total amount of the loan — some people are beginning to rely on reverse mortgages as a financial tool.
We're gonna start with a reverse lunge.
The recovery is starting to reverse some of these deflationary forces, including many of the excesses that have contributed to the downward pressure on inflation.
Jon Stewart pulls a deft reversal with cutting Weiner satire.
Some chefs vow to keep trying to reverse ban on duck-liver delicacy .
Aquatech will provide a third stage reverse osmosis unit for the plant.
'She's our friend': GOP reverses course, doesn't demote Lisa Murkowski.
After days of largely ignoring the media blitz his former pastor has waged, Barack Obama reversed course and denounced the Rev.
The Shuwaikh Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant in Kuwait has avoided reduced production and plant shutdown - problems caused by red tide - through its pre-treatment steps, according to Pentair X-Flow.

In science:

In section 4 we describe the output theorem for the M/M/1 queue, how it is proved using reversibility, and how it can be extended using similar reversibility arguments.
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
The process Q is reversible (in fact, all stationary birth and death processes are reversible).
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
One wants to have rapid switching of magnetization under reversals of an external field, but no spontaneus reversals of the magnetization, even if the external field has been turned off.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
After this the system will have equal probabilities to actually reverse its magnetization or to return to the equilibrium magnetization value it came from, hence this return frequency should be twice the reversal frequency.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
Since the theory neglects processes that enhance the reversal frequency, such as the formation of more than two simultaneous interfaces and spurious passages of M = 0 (see below), one might expect an overestimate of the reversal time rather than an underestimate.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model