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Reversal appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sevilla’s reversal lives!
  • So, ten games reversal set on a node… do nanoteslas reverse magnetos?
  • Seville dome-villas revere no canine men in acts I list: canine men in a cone reversal live model lives.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

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Reversal is a member of the word family reverse, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the noun reversal

What does reversal mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reversals

  1. a change from one state to the opposite state
  2. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  3. turning in an opposite direction or position
    • example: the reversal of the image in the lens
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of reversal: turn around
    • more generic words: turn / turning = a movement in a new direction
  4. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
  5. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
  6. turning in the opposite direction
  7. the act of reversing the order or place of
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of reversal: transposition
    • more generic word: reordering = a rearrangement in a different order
  8. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

Alternative definition of the noun reversal


  1. The state of being reversed.
  2. An instance of reversing.
  3. A change in fortune; a change from being successful to having problems.

Specialised definition of the noun reversal

Glossary of sports / wrestling

a move in which a wrestler escapes from his opponent's hold and executes a move which gives him a controlling position (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

action in which the bottom wrestler reverses his position and comes to the top position in control

if the wrestler in the bottom position completely reverses the situation and comes to the top position in control, it is a reversal, worth one point


"Reversal" is a 2001 movie about a high school wrestler, directed by Jimi Petulla. The movie, starring Danny Mousetis, chronicles the struggle of Leo Leone as he strives for the Pennsylvania state title and his dad's affection. Coached by his father, Edward Leone, he is constantly pushed towards this goal. He is forced to decide between the approval of his father or his own wishes as he feels the strain from years of training and making weight. The movie never made it to the mainstream public, however received vocal support from many leaders in the wrestling community such as Cael Sanderson and Kurt Angle.


"Reversal" is a video game.

  • genre: Strategy video game


  1. "Reversal" is a musical EP of Sean Deason & CiM.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  2. "Reversal" a.k.a. "Reversal!" is a composition.

Phrases with Reversal

  1. Age-Reversal
  2. Time Reversal
  3. Magnetic Reversal
  4. change by reversal

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reversal

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Google previewFolk Phenomenology (2015)

Education, Study, and the Human Person by Samuel D. Rocha

Fergusson's translation is most helpful in this context, because the folkloric reversal is a movement-of-spirit,

The folkloric reversal is the rehearsal of that original demand, the retrieval of the originary stance of phenomenology (epochē) .

Google previewFight Fair (2010)

Winning at Conflict without Losing at Love by Tim Downs, Joy Downs

Reversal is a form of defensiveness. Sometimes our objection is not to a...

Google previewThe Sopranos and Philosophy (2012)

I Kill Therefore I Am by Richard Greene, Peter Vernezze

A reversal is a sudden change in a character's fortune.

Google previewHow to Win as a Stock Market Speculator (2005)

by Alexander Davidson

The two-day reversal is an extended version of the above. On the first day, the share price moves to a new high, and closes at or near this level. On the second day, it opens at a similar level, but, by close, it will have retraced the entire first ...

Google previewDiffusions, Markov Processes, and Martingales: Volume 1, Foundations (2000)

by L. C. G. Rogers, David Williams

The problem with time reversal is that the Ray-Knight compactifications associated with X and X may be totally different and may induce different topologies on the initially given state-space. For the example that we have just been discussing, ...

Google previewUnderstanding Your Right to Freedom from Searches (2011)

by Brian Carson, Catherine Ramen

The process is called reversal or overturning the previous decision. The Supreme Court does not reverse itself lightly or often. When it does, it usuallyjustifies doing so for a number of reasons. For example, it may decide that the current case ...

Google previewGetting Started in Stock Analysis, Illustrated Edition (2014)

by Michael C. Thomsett

Reversal is a point where action is taken. But then you realize that continuation is just as strong, even if it only tells you not to close a position just yet. It's another form of information, but trading wisdom comes from an open mind to all of the ...

Google previewThe New Palgrave (1990)

Utility and Probability by John Eatwell, Murray Milgate, Peter Newman

Preference reversal is an experimentally observed phenomenon in which subjects, when asked to choose between suitably matched pairs of lotteries and then to state the lowest amount of money they would be willing to accept in exchange ...

Google previewOculo-refractive Cyclopedia and Dictionary (1921)

by Thomas George Atkinson

when the point of reversal is obtained, no calculations have to be made, the neutralizing lens ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Candlestick Charts (2012)

by Thomas N. Bulkowski

Table 5 Reversal Rates Description Explanation Closing price confirmation reversal rate Whichever direction represents a reversal of the price trend leading to the candle pattern, look for a higher/lower close the day after the candle pattern ...

Google previewMale Infertility from A to Z: A Concise Encyclopedia (1996)

by J.A. Carver-Wa, J.M.G. Hollanders

Urol, 139,562 Related subjects: asthenozoospermia, leukocytospermia, physical examination - male infertilily, scrolol temperature, spermalogenic arrest, ultrasonography, venography VASECTOMY REVERSAL After successful reversal of ...

Google previewPhysiological Optics, Being an Essay Contributed to the American Encyclopedia of Ophthalmology (1918)

by Charles Sheard

For example, if the meridian with its axis at 90° requires + 3 diopters to bring about a reversal at one meter and the meridian with its axis at 180° requires -j- 4 diopters, each meridian being operated upon separately, then the total lens quantity ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Humor Studies (2014)

by Salvatore Attardo

Reversal theory is a general psychological theory of motivation, emotion, and personality that has generated much research since the 1970s and con- tinues to be applied in such areas as sport coaching and management consultancy.

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Quotes about Reversal

To recommend that women become identical to men, would be simple reversal, and would defeat the whole point of androgyny, and for that matter, feminism: in both, the whole point is choice. (Carolyn Heilbrun)
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Scrabble value of R1E1V4E1R1S1A1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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