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English Dictionary: reversing by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reverse \Re*verse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reversed};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.
      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.
      4. To turn upside down; to invert.
                     A pyramid reversed may stand upon his point if
                     balanced by admirable skill.               --Sir W.
      5. Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
                     These can divide, and these reverse, the state.
                     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[f8], and is held as in the illustration.
      {To reverse an engine} [or] {a machine}, to cause it to
            perform its revolutions or action in the opposite
      Syn: To overturn; overset; invert; overthrow; subvert;
               repeal; annul; revoke; undo.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reversing \Re*vers"ing\, a.
      Serving to effect reversal, as of motion; capable of being
      {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.
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