reverse

reverse vb 1 Reverse, transpose, invert can all mean to change to the contrary or opposite side or position.
Reverse is the most general of these terms, implying a change to the opposite not only in side or position but also in direction, order, sequence, relation, or bearing; thus, to reverse a coin is to turn it upside down; to reverse a process is to follow the opposite order of sequence; to reverse a judgment is to change a previous judgment to another that is contrary to it; to reverse a garment or part of a garment is to turn it inside out; to reverse the direction of a locomotive is to make it go backward instead of forward
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having his shield reversedScott

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half were put on a diet of unpolished rice; half on polished. The latter group came down with beriberi. Then the diets were reversedHeiser

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Transpose implies a change in position, usually by reversing the order of two or more units (as letters or words) or by an exchange of position
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the printer was instructed to transpose the letters sr in the word set as vesre

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if the term b in the equation a + b = c is transposed, the result obtained is a = c —b

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But transpose often, especially in grammar or anatomy, implies merely a change in the natural order or position
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he frequently transposes words for the sake of effect

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a transposed heart

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Invert implies a change from one side to another chiefly by turning upside down but occasionally, especially in surgery, by turning inside out or outside in
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invert a tumbler

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invert a comma

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invert the uterus

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the photograph of the pond showed the inverted images of the trees on its bank

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In its secondary senses it approaches reverse but applies within narrower limits
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invert the order of words in a sentence

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invert the relation of cause and effect

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the custom ... to invert now and then the order of the class so as to make the highest and lowest boys change places— Thomas Moore

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Analogous words: *overturn, upset, capsize
2 *revoke, repeal, rescind, recall
Analogous words: upset, *overturn: retract, recant, *abjure, forswear: abrogate, *annul
reverse n *converse, obverse
Analogous words: back, rear, posterior (see corresponding adjectives at POSTERIOR): opposite, contrary (see under OPPOSITE adj)

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  • Reverse — may refer to: *The reverse side of currency or a flag; see Obverse and reverse *A change in the direction of: **the movement of a motor or other prime mover; see Transmission (mechanics) **an engineering design: see Reverse engineering **a jet… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • Reverse — Re*verse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reversed} (r[ e]*v[ e]rst );p. pr. & vb. n. {Reversing}.] [See {Reverse}, a., and cf. {Revert}.] 1. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart. [1913 Webster] And that old dame said… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reverse — re·verse vb re·versed, re·vers·ing vt: to set aside or make void (a judgment or decision) by a contrary decision compare affirm vi: to reverse a decision or judgment for these reasons, we reverse re·ver·si·ble adj …   Law dictionary

  • reverse — ► VERB 1) move backwards. 2) make (something) the opposite of what it was. 3) turn the other way round or up or inside out. 4) revoke or annul (a judgement by a lower court or authority). 5) (of an engine) work in a contrary direction. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • reverse — [n1] opposite about face, antipode, antipole, antithesis, back, bottom, change of mind, contra, contradiction, contradictory, contrary, converse, counter, counterpole, flip flop*, flip side*, inverse, other side, overturning, rear, regression,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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 view 2. reversing the usual effect so as to show …   English World dictionary

  • reversé — reversé, ée (re vèr sé, sée) part. passé de reverser1. Le vin versé fut bu ; le vin reversé fut bu aussi …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 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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