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Reverse

In numismatics, the back of a coin; that is to say, the "tails" side. The reverse often usually features some national monument or commemorates some event. The front of a coin is called the obverse.

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But the retrograde motion of the Nautilus was increasing; and, reversing the screw, it carried us at great speed.
The locomotive whistled vigorously; the engineer, reversing the steam, backed the train for nearly a mile--retiring, like a jumper, in order to take a longer leap.
Now, instead of reversing the levers, I had pulled them over so as to go forward with them, and when I came to look at these indicators I found that the thousands hand was sweeping round as fast as the seconds hand of a watch--into futurity.