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Meaning of reversing by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of reverse .


Definition of reversing by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Reverse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reversed ( revẽrst );p. pr. & vb. n. Reversing.] [See Reverse, a., and cf. Revert.]
    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.

  2. Reversing, 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.