interchangeable

adjective
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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Other Words from interchangeable

interchangeability \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌchān-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce interchangeability (audio) \ noun
interchangeableness \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈchān-​jə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce interchangeableness (audio) \ noun
interchangeably \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈchān-​jə-​blē How to pronounce interchangeably (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 Mathieu is interchangeable with the other safety, Thornhill, a rookie who secured his first career pick-six last week by jumping a slant route over the middle. BostonGlobe.com, "But the Chiefs don’t need a dominant defense to win. With Mahomes and that track team of an offense, the Chiefs’ defense just needs to be good enough. And after 12 weeks of playing together, the Chiefs’ defense may have what it takes to come into Foxborough and pull off the win.," 6 Dec. 2019 Instead of salary-cap throw-in to the Hassan Whiteside trade, Leonard’s shooting and passing could have him interchangeable in the rotation with Olynyk. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Assessing the ups and downs of Heat preseason | Commentary," 19 Oct. 2019 As Sternbergh notes, hitting the sweet spot, in which people want to watch a show over and over again, each episode interchangeable with the next, is extremely difficult. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "‘Seinfeld’ for $500 million? ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for $1 billion? The streaming arms race has a big problem.," 19 Sep. 2019 Hitting the sweet spot in which people want to watch a show over and over again, each episode interchangeable with the next, is extremely difficult. Steven Zeitchik, chicagotribune.com, "‘Seinfeld’ for $500 million? ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for $1 billion? The streaming arms race has a big problem.," 19 Sep. 2019 Generic drugs have been widely interchangeable with brand-name equivalents by doctors and pharmacists in many states, but that hasn’t been the case with biosimilars. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Unveils Effort to Get ‘Biosimilar’ Drugs on the Market Faster," 18 July 2018 But while our readers tended to regard the states as interchangeable, Tara Hutchison, communications director at Alabama’s Labor Department, said Alabama and Mississippi are as different as apples and oranges. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "Why it looks like Alabama and Mississippi have suddenly gone in opposite directions," 9 Nov. 2019 But Joe's relentless apostrophe, typically addressing his darling à la mode — the interchangeable you of the title — provides a fuller portrait of his monstrosity. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'You' Season 2: TV Review," 24 Dec. 2019 The company’s latest, the Bella Fino Edition Wallet Cases for iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, have interchangeable straps that are held in place by (this is true) brassiere hooks. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Shopping for tech? Here are suggestions in various price ranges," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of interchangeable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Interchangeable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interchangeable. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for interchangeable

interchangeable

adjective
How to pronounce interchangeable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of interchangeable

: capable of being used in place of each other

interchangeable

adjective
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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