reverse, adj. and adv.
1. Opposite or contrary to something else; moving in the opposite direction.
a. In predicative use, with to.
b. Without construction.
2. Of a storm: adverse. Obs. rare 1.
3. Of a blow or stroke: backhanded. Obs.
4. a. Math. = INVERSE adj. 3a.
b. Archit. and Joinery. Of an ogee or cyma: inverted. Cf. cyma reversa at CYMA n. 1.
5. a. On or designating the reverse of a coin, medal, or similar object; facing away from or not intended to be seen by the observer.
b. Mil. Connected with, commanding, or facing towards, the rear.
c. Entomol. Viewed from the posterior; facing away from the observer. Contrasted with OBVERSE adj. 1b. Obs. rare.
d. Of a view, etc.: of or from the rear.
6. a. Operating, behaving, or acting in a way contrary or opposite to that which is usual or customary.
b. Chiefly Printing. Characterized by, relating to, or producing an inversion of the usual arrangements of colour or tone, esp. in the form of white characters, lines, etc., against a black or dark-coloured background. Cf. REVERSAL n. 3.
7. Relating to or allowing the operation of engines or the movement of vehicles in a direction opposite to the usual or predominant direction. Cf.REVERSE n. 11.
B. adv. In a reverse manner; conversely. Also: upside down. Now rare.
[19 July 2008. The Arm. Canon PowerShot SD1000. Brooklyn, New York.]
Ambitious Typesetting: by Kate Jaeger from a poetry broadside workshop at The Arm.
Image courtesy of The Arm.