/ rI5v\:s; rI`v[s/ n 1 [sing] the ~ (of sth) thing that is the contrary or opposite to what is expected ; : In hot weather, the reverse happens/applies. , . * Children's shoes aren't cheap quite the reverse. --. * (fml ) You were the (very) reverse of polite, ie You were rude. . 2 [sing] (a) (design on the) underside or back of a coin, medal, etc , : The 50p coin has a crowned lion on its reverse. 50. Cf obverse. (b) underside or back of sth ; ; : flaws on the reverse of the silk * a maker's mark on the reverse of a plate . 3 [C] (fml ) (a) change for the worse; misfortune ; ; ; : We suffered some serious (financial) reverses. . (b) defeat ; : a sudden reverse in the guerrilla campaign * a reverse at the polls, ie a poor election result . 4 (a) [U, C usu sing, ] (also reverse `gear) control used to make a vehicle travel backwards : Put the car into reverse. . * cars with five forward gears and a reverse . (b) [C] (also reverse `turn) turn made while driving backwards : I can't do reverses. . 5 [C] device that reverses sth ; ; : an automatic ribbon reverse, ie on a typewriter . 6 (idm ) in/into re`verse from the end towards the start; backwards ; : Ambulances have `AMBULANCE' printed in reverse on their bonnets. AMBULANCE. * (fig ) The superpowers are putting the arms race into reverse. .
/ rI5v\:s; rI`v[s/ v 1 [Tn] turn (sth) the other way round or up, or inside out ; : Writing is reversed in a mirror. . * reverse the collar and cuffs on a shirt, ie to hide frayed edges . 2 (a) [I, Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause a vehicle to) travel backwards : reverse round a corner, up a hill, across a side street,etc * He reversed (the car) into a tree. . * The garage is open, so you can reverse in. , . (b) [I, Tn] (make an engine, etc) work in the opposite direction : reverse the thrust of the rocket motors * brake (eg a fixed-wheel cycle) by reversing the pedalling action . 3 [Tn] (a) make (sth) the opposite of what it was; change around completely ; : reverse a procedure, process, trend, etc . (b) exchange (two functions, positions,etc) : Husband and wife have reversed roles. . * Their situations are now reversed as employee has become employer. , . 4 [Tn] revoke or annul (a decree, etc) : reverse the decision of a lower court * reverse a decree, judgement, verdict, etc . 5 (idm ) reverse (the) `charge(s) (US call `collect) make a telephone call that will be charged to the person receiving it, not the caller : reverse the charges on/for a call * make a reversed-`charge call to New York , .