reverse (

     adj 1: directed or moving toward the rear; "a rearward glance"; "a
            rearward movement" [syn: rearward]
     2: reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
        [syn: inverse]
     3: of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a
        motor vehicle; "in reverse gear" [ant: forward]
     n 1: a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older
          than Bill but just the reverse was true" [syn: contrary,
     2: the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed
     3: an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something
        that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reversal, setback,
     4: the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal
        design [syn: verso] [ant: obverse]
     5: turning in the opposite direction [syn: reversion, reversal,
         turnabout, turnaround]
     v 1: change to the contrary; "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" [syn: change by reversal, turn]
     2: turn inside out or upside down [syn: invert]
     3: rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House
        voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, overturn, override,
     4: annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on
        smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
        [syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, repeal,
        overturn, rescind, vacate]