Re·verse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reversed p. pr. & vb. n. Reversing.]
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.
Reverse arms Mil., a position of a soldier in which the piece passes between the right elbow and the body at an angle of 45°, and is held as in the illustration.
To reverse an engine or To reverse a machine, to cause it to perform its revolutions or action in the opposite direction.
Syn: -- To overturn; overset; invert; overthrow; subvert; repeal; annul; revoke; undo.
Re·vers·ing, a. Serving to effect reversal, as of motion; capable of being reversed.
Reversing engine, a steam engine having a reversing gear by means of which it can be made to run in either direction at will.
Reversing gear Mach., gear for reversing the direction of rotation at will.