- (v. t.) To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose.
- (v. t.) Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain.
- (v. t.) To make an exception of; to except.
- (n.) The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation.
- (n.) That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
- (n.) That which is excepted; exception.
- (n.) Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
- (n.) A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
- (n.) A body of troops in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.
- (n.) Funds kept on hand to meet liabilities.
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Definitions of: REVERSE
- (a.) Turned backward; having a contrary or opposite direction; hence; opposite or contrary in kind; as, the reverse order or method.
- (a.) Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
- (a.) Reversed; as, a reverse shell.
- (a.) That which appears or is presented when anything, as a lance, a line, a course of conduct, etc., is reverted or turned contrary to its natural direction.
- (a.) That which is directly opposite or contrary to something else; a contrary; an opposite.
- (a.) The act of reversing; complete change; reversal; hence, total change in circumstances or character; especially, a change from better to worse; misfortune; a check or defeat; as, the enemy met with a reverse.
- (a.) The back side; as, the reverse of a drum or trench; the reverse of a medal or coin, that is, the side opposite to the obverse. See Obverse.
- (a.) A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
- (a.) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.
- (a.) To turn back; to cause to face in a contrary direction; to cause to depart.
- (a.) To cause to return; to recall.
- (a.) To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
- (a.) To turn upside down; to invert.
- (a.) Hence, to overthrow; to subvert.
- (a.) To overthrow by a contrary decision; to make void; to under or annual for error; as, to reverse a judgment, sentence, or decree.
- (v. i.) To return; to revert.
- (v. i.) To become or be reversed.
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- A lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side
- American silversmith remembered for his midnight ride (celebrated in a poem by Longfellow) to warn the colonists in Lexington and Concord that British troops were coming (1735-1818)
- Love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol; "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"
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