- reverse [ri vʉrs′]adj.[ME revers < OFr < L reversus, pp. of revertere: see REVERT]1.a) turned backward; opposite or contrary, as in position, direction, order, etc.b) with the back showing or in view2. reversing the usual effect so as to show white letters, etc. on a black background3. acting or moving in a way or direction opposite or contrary to the usual4. causing movement backward or in the opposite direction [reverse gear]n.1. the opposite or contrary of something2. the back or rear of something; specif., the side, as of a coin or medal, that does not have the main design: opposed to OBVERSE3. the act or an instance of reversing; change to the opposite4. a change from good fortune to bad; defeat, check, or misfortune5. a mechanism, etc. for reversing, as a gear arrangement in a transmission that causes a machine, motor vehicle, etc. to run backward or in the opposite direction6. a reversing movement☆ 7. Football a type of play in which a ball carrier running toward a sideline gives the ball to a teammate going the opposite wayvt.reversed, reversing1. to turn backward, in an opposite position or direction, upside down, or inside out2. to change to the opposite; alter completely3. to cause to go or move backward or in an opposite direction4. to exchange or transpose5. to transfer (the charges for a telephone call) to the party being called6. Law to revoke or annul (a decision, judgment, etc.)vi.1. to move, go, or turn backward or in the opposite direction2. to put a motor, engine, etc. in reverse; reverse the action of a mechanismSYN.- OPPOSITEreverselyadv.reversern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.