from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of reversing.
- n. The state of being reversed.
- n. A usually adverse change in fortune: financial reversals.
- n. Law The act or an instance of changing or setting aside a lower court's decision by a higher court.
- n. Sports A maneuver in wrestling in which a competitor being controlled by the opponent suddenly reverses the situation and gains control.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being reversed.
- n. An instance of reversing.
- n. A change in fortune; a change from being successful to having problems.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Intended to reverse; implying reversal.
- n. The act of reversing; the causing to move or face in an opposite direction, or to stand or lie in an inverted position
- n. A change or overthrowing
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of reversing, or of altering a position, direction, action, condition, or state to its opposite or contrary; also, the state of being reversed.
- n. In physics, specifically, the changing of a bright line in a spectrum, produced by an incandescent vapor, into a dark line (by absorption), and the reverse.
- n. The act of repealing, revoking, or annulling; a change or overthrowing: as, the reversal of a judgment, which amounts to an official declaration that it is erroneous and rendered void or terminated; the reversal of an attainder or of an outlawry.
- n. In biology, reversion.
- Causing, intending, or implying reverse action; reversing.
- n. In international law: A promise by a sovereign power that a certain order, or certain conditions, promulgated or established, will be observed, notwithstanding changes that may occur to cause deviation therefrom. For instance, when France recognized Russia as an imperial government, a reversal was required that Russia would not cause any derogation from the rank which France had held toward her.
- n. A declaration by a sovereign that by a given act he means no prejudice to another power.
- n. In electricity, the process of changing the direction of the current in a circuit. In telegraphy the term is applied to the sending of signals over the line by means of rapidly reversed or alternating currents.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
- n. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
- n. turning in the opposite direction
- n. a change from one state to the opposite state
- n. turning in an opposite direction or position
- n. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
- n. the act of reversing the order or place of
- n. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
His quirky syllogisms lend themselves to pleasing rhetoric, as when he distinguished the "trick" and the "trap" views of democracy according to whether people power is too good to be true or instead too true to be good, a phrase reversal worthy of Kennedy or Churchill.
I didn't think you'd understand the word "reversal."
Bolton tries to discredit those who previously criticized the "intelligence community" because of what he characterizes as a reversal in position.
That will have an affect, but you're dead right that we set the stage for what they call a reversal here.
"The school district has published what they call a reversal; and we call it a concession," West said.
However, the positions will represent a short-term reversal of an employment trend that saw the loss of 111,000 public sector jobs in the three months to June, against 41,000 created in other parts of the economy.
The numbers, calculated by the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit group that studies reproductive and sexual health, show a clear reversal from the downward trend that began in the 1990s.
So far this year, nearly 158,000 apartments have been filled, a reversal from the nearly 21,000 units emptied during the same period a year ago.
In California, the study said, judges aren't required to report misconduct to disciplinary authorities unless the improprieties result in reversal or modification of the conviction.
That is a reversal from the freebies and discounts desperate owners coughed up during the downturn to retain and attract tenants.