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Reverse "Re*verse"", v. t. [imp. & p. p. ;p. pr. & vb. n. .] [See , a., and cf. .] 1. To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
And that old dame said many an idle verse, Out of her daughter's heart fond fancies to reverse. -Spenser.
2. To cause to return; to recall. [Obs.]
And to his fresh remembrance did reverse The ugly view of his deformed crimes. -Spenser.
3. To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
Reverse the doom of death. -Shak.
She reversed the conduct of the celebrated vicar of Bray. -Sir W. Scott.
4. To turn upside down; to invert.
A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill. -Sir W. Temple.
5. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
These can divide, and these reverse, the state. -Pope.
Custom . . . reverses even the distinctions of good and evil. -Rogers.
6. (Law) To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
(Mil.), a position of a soldier in which the piece passes between the right elbow and the body at an angle of 45[deg], and is held as in the illustration.
or , to cause it to perform its revolutions or action in the opposite direction.
Syn: To overturn; overset; invert; overthrow; subvert; repeal; annul; revoke; undo.
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