in·​ter·​change·​able | \ ˌin-tər-ˈchān-jə-bəl How to pronounce interchangeable (audio) \

Definition of interchangeable

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

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interchangeability \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌchān-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce interchangeable (audio) \ noun
interchangeableness \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈchān-​jə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce interchangeable (audio) \ noun
interchangeably \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈchān-​jə-​blē How to pronounce interchangeable (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of interchangeable in a Sentence

the concept of interchangeable parts revolutionized the mass production of manufactured goods
Recent Examples on the Web The glass is interchangeable, enabling an optician to change the lenses to your prescription. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, "With built-in speakers, these glasses sound as good as they look," 31 Mar. 2021 Equipped with a powerful motor, interchangeable heads, and a cordless design, this massager works to deliver an intense deep tissue massage with absolute ease. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, "10 massage guns and massagers on sale to speed up recovery," 13 Dec. 2020 This handy tool includes interchangeable heads for Torx and square-drive screws as well as a full range of standard Philips and slotted drivers. The Editors, Field & Stream, "3 Tools to Include in Your Emergency Repair Kit," 21 Nov. 2020 But Hong wasn’t interchangeable, even if viewers didn’t know him by name. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "What Was the Asian American Character Actor?," 26 Mar. 2021 Some helpful images that readers provided are to picture the ants as exchanging messages, or their souls or their inner Buddhas, or passing through each other like ghosts, or as being interchangeable, like bosons. Quanta Magazine, "Finding Zen in the Art of Puzzle Solving," 26 Mar. 2021 Both may have edible parts, but the uses are not interchangeable. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "6 Most Common Mistakes Rookie Foragers Make," 19 Mar. 2021 Subjects close to the camera are better served with an interchangeable macro lens, a feature on some cameras that shortens focus to within three feet. New York Times, "Why You Need a Wildlife Camera," 3 Mar. 2021 While the coins used for digital currencies are interchangeable (one bitcoin is equal to any other bitcoin), these art tokens are each uniquely linked to a single work of art. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How to sell a cat GIF for half a million dollars," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of interchangeable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Interchangeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce interchangeable (audio) \

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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