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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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REVERSE, verb transitive revers'. [Latin reversus, reverto; re and verto, to turn.]

1. To turn upside down; as, to reverse a pyramid or cone.

2. To overturn; to subvert; as, to reverse the state.

3. To turn back; as with swift wheel reverse

4. To turn to the contrary; as, to reverse the scene.

- Or affectations quite reverse the soul.

5. To put each in the place of the other; as, to reverse the distinctions of good and evil.

6. In law, to overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to annul; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence or decree. Judgments are reversed by writs of error; and for certain causes, may be reversed without such writs.

7. To recall. [Not in use.]

REVERSE, verb intransitive revers'. To return. [Not in use.]

REVERSE, noun revers'.

1. Change; vicissitude; a turn of affairs; in a good sense.

By a strange reverse of things, Justinian's law, which for many ages was neglected, now obtains -

2. Change for the worse; misfortune. By an unexpected reverse of circumstances, an affluent man is reduced to poverty.

3. A contrary; an opposite.

The performances to which God has annexed the promises of eternity, are just the reverse of all the pursuits of sense.