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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. (Science: chemistry) To change back.
(Science: 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. (Science: biology) To return, wholly or in part, towards some preexistent form; to take on the traits or characters of an ancestral type.
4. (Science: chemistry) To change back, as from a soluble to an insoluble state or the reverse; thus, phosphoric acid in certain fertilisers reverts.

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