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Definition 1: (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction - [noun denoting act]

(reverse is a kind of ...) (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

"the defensive line braced to stop the run" "the coach put great emphasis on running"

(... is a kind of reverse ) (American football) a running play in which a first reverse is followed by a second reverse

(reverse belongs to category ...) a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

Definition 2: turning in the opposite direction - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented

(... is a kind of reverse ) act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation

(... is a kind of reverse ) complete reversal of direction of travel

Definition 3: the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)

(... is part of reverse) a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

"he needs a car to get to work"

Definition 4: the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) an extended outer surface of an object

"he turned the box over to examine the bottom side" "they painted all four sides of the house"

(... is a kind of reverse ) (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head

(... is part of reverse) a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

Definition 5: an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of reverse ) a serious or devastating setback

Definition 6: a relation of direct opposition - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

Definition 7: change to the contrary - [verb of change]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The trend was reversed
  • the tides turned against him
  • public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of reverse ) remove the consecration from a person or an object

(... is a kind of reverse ) cause to become desynchronized; cause to occur at unrelated times

(... is a kind of reverse ) go back to a previous state

"We reverted to the old rules"

(... is a kind of reverse ) change completely the nature or appearance of

"In Kafka's story, a person metamorphoses into a bug" "The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman" "Jesus was transfigured after his resurrection"

(... is a kind of reverse ) change the order or arrangement of

"Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word"

(... is a kind of reverse ) falsify knowingly

"She falsified the records"

(... is a kind of reverse ) make right or correct

"Correct the mistakes" "rectify the calculation"

(... is a kind of reverse ) change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

(... is a kind of reverse ) reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half cycle so as to produce a unidirectional current

(... is a kind of reverse ) cause a complete reversal of the circumstances

"The tables are turned now that the Republicans are in power!"

(... is a kind of reverse ) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

(... is a kind of reverse ) cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect

"I wish I could undo my actions"

Definition 8: turn inside out or upside down - [verb of change]

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 9: reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of - [verb of change]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • when forming a question, invert the subject and the verb

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) assign a new order to

Definition 10: rule against - [verb of cognition]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) decide with authority

"The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"

Definition 11: cancel officially - [verb of communication]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He revoked the ban on smoking
  • lift an embargo
  • vacate a death sentence

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is a kind of ...) declare null and void; make ineffective

"Cancel the election results" "strike down a law"

(... is a kind of reverse ) fail to fulfill a promise or obligation

"She backed out of her promise"

Definition 12: of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in reverse gear

Definition 13: directed or moving toward the rear - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where reverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a rearward glance
  • a rearward movement

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is similar to ...) directed or facing toward the back or rear

"a backward view"

Definition 14: reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for reverse in the sense of this definition

(reverse is similar to ...) directed or facing toward the back or rear

"a backward view"

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