in·​ter·​change·​able | \ˌin-tər-ˈchān-jə-bəl \

Definition of interchangeable 

: capable of being interchanged especially : permitting mutual substitution interchangeable parts

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Other Words from interchangeable

interchangeability \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌchān-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
interchangeableness \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈchān-​jə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
interchangeably \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈchān-​jə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for interchangeable


commutable, exchangeable, fungible, substitutable, switchable



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Examples of interchangeable in a Sentence

the concept of interchangeable parts revolutionized the mass production of manufactured goods

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Beyond them is a cast of mostly interchangeable middle relief pieces.. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 The Larkin has interchangeable, expandable Velcro strips. Flora Tsapovsky,, "Plae’s sneakers are made for kids, but coveted by adults," 27 June 2018 Offensive line Don't sleep on the loss of Zach Fulton; the free-agent center's departure to Houston robs this offensive line of a steady, reliable and interchangeable piece along the offensive line. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Five positions the Chiefs could upgrade before the 2018 season | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 Perry and Fore serve as interchangeable, versatile combo guards, with King and Nwora spreading the floor as wing scorers. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Who will start for Louisville basketball? 5 combos Chris Mack can use," 26 June 2018 Its 20mm bands are interchangeable, and the entire device has an IP68 water- and dust-rating. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazfit Bip review: One peculiar week with a $99 smartwatch," 21 Mar. 2018 And in today's NBA where interchangeable players are the rage, who wouldn't want a player like him? Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:12 How will Kings do? Jason Jones, sacbee, "Is Luka Doncic worth the risk? Why the Kings might be best equipped to make that call," 15 June 2018 Martin has talked all the time about Missouri being a team with interchangeable players that can spread the floor and guard/play multiple positions. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "This week in Mizzou recruiting: Tray Jackson, Jack Buford, Michigan pipelines and more," 7 June 2018 That lineup features five interchangeable players who can handle multiple positions, sparked the Warriors to a 17-4 lead early in Game 4's 118-92 victory. Christopher Dabe,, "Warriors start Game 5 with same lineup that ripped Pelicans in Game 4," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of interchangeable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interchangeable

: capable of being used in place of each other


in·​ter·​change·​able | \ˌin-tər-ˈchān-jə-bəl \

Kids Definition of interchangeable

: capable of being used in place of each other The parts are interchangeable.

Other Words from interchangeable

interchangeably \ -​blē \ adverb

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