# Reverse vs Inverse what difference

## what is difference between Reverse and Inverse

## English

### Etymology

From Middle English *revers* (noun, adjective}, *reversen* (verb), from Anglo-Norman *revers* (noun, adjective), *reverser* (verb), Middle French *revers* (noun, adjective), *reverser* (verb), and their source, Latin *reversus* (perfect passive participle), *reversō* (verb), from *re-* + *versō*. Doublet of *revers*.

### Pronunciation

- (UK) IPA
^{(key)}: /ɹɪˈvɜːs/ - Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)s

### Adjective

**reverse** (*not comparable*)

- Opposite, contrary; going in the opposite direction. [from 14th c.]
- Pertaining to engines, vehicle movement etc. moving in a direction opposite to the usual direction. [from 19th c.]
- (rail transport, of points) To be in the non-default position; to be set for the lesser-used route.
- Turned upside down; greatly disturbed.
- He found the sea diverse / With many a windy storm
**reverse**.

- He found the sea diverse / With many a windy storm

- (botany) Reversed.
- (genetics) In which cDNA synthetization is obtained from an RNA template.

#### Antonyms

- (rail transport): normal

#### Derived terms

#### Translations

### Adverb

**reverse** (*not comparable*)

- (now rare) In a reverse way or direction; in reverse; upside-down. [from 16
^{th}c. (from the 14^{th}c. in Middle English)]**1963**, Donal Serrell Thomas,*Points of Contact*:- The man was killed to feed his image fat / Within this pictured world that ran
**reverse**, / Where miracles alone were ever plain.

- The man was killed to feed his image fat / Within this pictured world that ran

#### Synonyms

- See also Thesaurus:vice versa or Thesaurus:upside down

### Noun

**reverse** (*plural* **reverses**)

- The opposite of something. [from 14th c.]
- The act of going backwards; a reversal. [from 15th c.]
**1808**, Charles Lamb,*Specimens of the English Dramatic Poets Who Lived About the Time of Shakespeare*- By a
**reverse**of fortune, Stephen becomes rich.

- By a

- A piece of misfortune; a setback. [from 16th c.]
**1990**, Peter Hopkirk,*The Great Game*, Folio Society 2010, p. 309:- In fact, though the Russians did not yet know it, the British had met with a
**reverse**.

- In fact, though the Russians did not yet know it, the British had met with a

- The
*tails*side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse. [from 17th c.] - The side of something facing away from a viewer, or from what is considered the front; the other side. [from 18th c.]
- The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards. [from 19th c.]
- Synonym: reverse gear

- A thrust in fencing made with a backward turn of the hand; a backhanded stroke.
- (surgery) A turn or fold made in bandaging, by which the direction of the bandage is changed.

#### Derived terms

#### Translations

### Verb

**reverse** (*third-person singular simple present* **reverses**, *present participle* **reversing**, *simple past and past participle* **reversed**)

- (transitive) To turn something around so that it faces the opposite direction or runs in the opposite sequence.
*to***reverse**the order of books on a shelf*to***reverse**a portion of video footage

- (transitive) To turn something inside out or upside down.
**1672**, William Temple,*Essay on the Original and Nature of Government*- A pyramid
**reversed**may stand upon his point if balanced by admirable skill.

- A pyramid

- (transitive) To transpose the positions of two things.
- (transitive) To change totally; to alter to the opposite.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To return, come back.
**1590**, Edmund Spenser,*The Faerie Queene*, III.4:- Bene they all dead, and laide in dolefull herse? / Or doen they onely sleepe, and shall againe
**reuerse**?

- Bene they all dead, and laide in dolefull herse? / Or doen they onely sleepe, and shall againe

- (obsolete, transitive) To turn away; to cause to depart.
- (obsolete, transitive) To cause to return; to recall.
- (law) To revoke a law, or to change a decision into its opposite.
*to***reverse**a judgment, sentence, or decree

- (ergative) To cause a mechanism or a vehicle to operate or move in the opposite direction to normal.
- (chemistry) To change the direction of a reaction such that the products become the reactants and vice-versa.
- (rail transport, transitive) To place a set of points in the reverse position
- (rail transport, intransitive, of points) to move from the normal position to the reverse position
- To overthrow; to subvert.
**a. 1729**, John Rogers,*Conformity to the World destructive of our Happiness*- Custom […]
**reverses**even the distinctions of good and evil.

- Custom […]

- (computing) Short for
*reverse-engineer*.**2011**, Eldad Eilam,*Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering***Reversing**is also heavily used in connection with malicious software, on both ends of the fence: […]

**2012**, Christopher C. Elisan,*Malware, Rootkits & Botnets: A Beginner’s Guide*(page 117)- […] but in some instances where malware is proving to be difficult,
**reversing**is needed.

- […] but in some instances where malware is proving to be difficult,

#### Antonyms

- (to turn something in the opposite direction): unreverse
- (rail transport): normalise / normalize (transitive and intransitive)

#### Derived terms

#### Translations

### Anagrams

- Reserve, Reveres, reserve, reveres, severer, veerers

## French

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /ʁə.vɛʁs/

### Verb

**reverse**

- first-person singular present indicative of
*reverser* - third-person singular present indicative of
*reverser* - first-person singular present subjunctive of
*reverser* - third-person singular present subjunctive of
*reverser* - second-person singular imperative of
*reverser*

### Anagrams

- réserve, réservé

## Latin

### Participle

**reverse**

- vocative masculine singular of
*reversus*

### References

- reverse in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s
*Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis*(augmented edition, 1883–1887)

## Romanian

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: [reˈverse]

### Verb

**reverse**

- third-person singular present subjunctive of
*revărsa* - third-person plural present subjunctive of
*revărsa*

## Spanish

### Verb

**reverse**

- First-person singular (
*yo*) present subjunctive form of*reversar*. - Formal second-person singular (
*usted*) present subjunctive form of*reversar*. - Third-person singular (
*él*,*ella*, also used with*usted*^{?}) present subjunctive form of*reversar*. - Formal second-person singular (
*usted*) imperative form of*reversar*.

## English

### Etymology

Recorded since 1440, from Latin *inversus*, the past participle of *invertere* (“to invert”), itself from *in-* (“in, on”) + *vertere* (“to turn”).

### Pronunciation

- (General American) IPA
^{(key)}: /ɪnˈvɝs/, /ˈɪnvɝs/

### Adjective

**inverse** (*not comparable*)

- Opposite in effect, nature or order.
- Reverse, opposite in order.
- (botany) Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual.
- (mathematics) Having the properties of an
**inverse**;*said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity*. - (geometry) That has the property of being an
**inverse**(the result of a circle inversion of a given point or geometrical figure); that is constructed by circle inversion. - (category theory, of a category) Whose every element has an
**inverse**(morphism which is both a left inverse and a right inverse).

#### Derived terms

- inverse function
- inverse image
- inverse spelling
- inversely
- inverse video

#### Related terms

- inversion
- inversive
- reverse

#### Translations

### Noun

**inverse** (*plural* **inverses**)

- An inverted state: a state in which something has been turned (properly) upside down or (loosely) inside out or backwards.
*Cowgirl is the***inverse**of missionary.*321 is the***inverse**of 123.

- The result of an inversion,
*particularly*:- The reverse of any procedure or process.
*Uninstalling is the***inverse**of installation.

- (mathematics) A ratio etc. in which the antecedents and consequents are switched.
*The***inverse**of a:b is b:a.

- (geometry) The result of a circle inversion; the set of all such points; the curve described by such a set.
*The*P‘**inverse***of a point*P*is the point on a ray from the center*O*through*P*such that*OP*×*OP‘*=*r²*or the set of all such points.*

- (logic) The non-truth-preserving proposition constructed by negating both the premise and conclusion of an initially given proposition.
*“Anything that isn’t a dog doesn’t go to heaven” is the***inverse**of “All dogs go to heaven.” More generally, $$

¬

p

→

¬

q

{\displaystyle \lnot {\mathsf {p}}\to \lnot {\mathsf {q}}}

is the

$$**inverse**of

p

→

q

{\displaystyle {\mathsf {p}}\to {\mathsf {q}}}

and is equivalent to the converse proposition

$$

q

→

p

{\displaystyle {\mathsf {q}}\to {\mathsf {p}}}

*.*

**1896**, James Welton,*A Manual of Logic*, 2nd ed., Bk iii, Ch. iii, §102:- Inversion is the inferring, from a given proposition, another proposition whose subject is the contradictory of the subject of the original proposition. The given proposition is called the Invertend, that which is inferred from it is termed the
**Inverse**… The rule for Inversion is: Convert either the Obverted Converse or the Obverted Contrapositive.

- Inversion is the inferring, from a given proposition, another proposition whose subject is the contradictory of the subject of the original proposition. The given proposition is called the Invertend, that which is inferred from it is termed the

- The reverse of any procedure or process.
- (mathematics) A second element which negates a first; in a binary operation, the element for which the binary operation—when applied to both it and an initially given element—yields the operation’s identity element,
*specifically:*- (addition) The negative of a given number.
*The additive***inverse**of $$

x

{\displaystyle x}

is

$$

−

x

{\displaystyle -x}

, as

$$

x

−

x

=

0

{\displaystyle x-x=0}

, as

$$

0

{\displaystyle 0}

*is the additive identity element.*

- (multiplication) One divided by a given number.
*The multiplicative***inverse**of $$

x

{\displaystyle x}

is

$$

x

−

1

{\displaystyle x^{-1}}

, as

$$

x

×

x

−

1

=

1

{\displaystyle x\times x^{-1}=1}

, as

$$

1

{\displaystyle 1}

*the multiplicative identity element.*

- (functions) A second function which, when combined with the initially given function, yields as its output any term inputted into the first function.
*The compositional***inverse**of a function $$

f

{\displaystyle f}

is

$$

f

−

1

{\displaystyle f^{-1}}

, as

$$

f

f

−

1

=

I

{\displaystyle f\ f^{-1}={\mathit {I}}}

, as

$$

I

{\displaystyle {\mathit {I}}}

is the identity function. That is,

$$

∀

x

,

f

(

f

−

1

(

x

)

)

=

I

(

x

)

=

x

{\displaystyle \forall x,f(f^{-1}(x))={\mathit {I}}(x)=x}

*.*

- (addition) The negative of a given number.
- (category theory) A morphism which is both a left inverse and a right inverse.
- (card games) The winning of the coup in a game of rouge et noir by a card of a color different from that first dealt; the area of the table reserved for bets upon such an outcome.
**1850**, Henry George Bohn,*The Hand-book of Games*, p. 343:- If the player… be determined to try his luck on the
**inverse**, he must place his money on a yellow circle, or rather a collection of circles, situated at the extremity of the table.

- If the player… be determined to try his luck on the
**1950**, Lawrence Hawkins Dawson,*Hoyle’s Games Modernized*, 20th ed., p. 291:- The
*tailleur*never mentions the words ‘Black’ or ‘**Inverse**’, but always says that Red wins or Red loses, and that the colour wins or the colour loses.

- The

- (linguistics, Kiowa-Tanoan) A grammatical number marking that indicates the opposite grammatical number (or numbers) of the default number specification of noun class.

#### Synonyms

- (addition): additive inverse
- (multiplication): multiplicative inverse
- (composition): compositional inverse
- (geometry): inverse point, inverse curve

#### Translations

#### See also

- (logic): obverse, converse, contraposition

### Verb

**inverse** (*third-person singular simple present* **inverses**, *present participle* **inversing**, *simple past and past participle* **inversed**)

- (surveying) To compute the bearing and distance between two points.

#### Antonyms

- compute (a point).

### Anagrams

- Severin, enviers, inserve, veiners, venires, versine

## Danish

### Adjective

**inverse**

- plural and definite singular attributive of
*invers*

## Dutch

### Pronunciation

- Hyphenation: in‧ver‧se

### Noun

**inverse** m or f (*plural* **inversen**)

- inverse

### Adjective

**inverse**

- Inflected form of
*invers*

### Anagrams

- viseren

## French

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /ɛ̃.vɛʁs/

### Etymology 1

From Latin *inversus*.

#### Adjective

**inverse** (*plural* **inverses**)

- inverse, the other way round

##### Derived terms

- barre inverse

- inversement

#### Noun

**inverse** m (*plural* **inverses**)

- the inverse, the contrary
- Synonyms: contraire, envers

##### Derived terms

### Etymology 2

#### Verb

**inverse**

- first-person singular present indicative of
*inverser* - third-person singular present indicative of
*inverser* - first-person singular present subjunctive of
*inverser* - third-person singular present subjunctive of
*inverser* - second-person singular imperative of
*inverser*

### Further reading

- “inverse” in
*Trésor de la langue française informatisé*(*The Digitized Treasury of the French Language*).

### Anagrams

- enivres, enivrés
- reviens
- Séverin
- vernies

## German

### Pronunciation

### Adjective

**inverse**

- inflection of
*invers*:- strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
- strong nominative/accusative plural
- weak nominative all-gender singular
- weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

## Italian

### Adjective

**inverse**

- feminine plural of
*inverso*

### Anagrams

- svenire

## Latin

### Participle

**inverse**

- vocative masculine singular of
*inversus*