1. To turn back, or to the contrary; to reverse. "Till happy chance revert the cruel scence." (Prior) "The tumbling stream . . . Reverted, plays in undulating flow." (Thomson)

2. To throw back; to reflect; to reverberate.

3. <chemistry> To change back.

<mathematics> See Revert, To revert a series, to treat a series, as y = a + bx + cx^2 + etc, where one variable y is expressed in powers of a second variable x, so as to find therefrom the second variable x, expressed in a series arranged in powers of y.

Origin: L. Revertere, reversum; pref. Re- re- + vertere to turn: cf. OF. Revertir. See Verse, and cf. Reverse.

1. To return; to come back. "So that my arrows Would have reverted to my bow again." (Shak)

2. To return to the proprietor after the termination of a particular estate granted by him.

3. <biology> To return, wholly or in part, towards some preexistent form; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.

4. <chemistry> To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse; thus, phosphoric acid in certain fertilisers reverts.

(01 Mar 1998)

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