interchangeable

adjective
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

Synonyms

commutable, exchangeable, fungible, substitutable, switchable

Antonyms

noninterchangeable

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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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The key to the design is the use of interchangeable adhesives on the drone’s base: microspines for digging into rough materials like stucco, carpet, or rubble, and ridged silicone (inspired by the morphology of gecko feet) for grabbing onto glass. James Vincent, The Verge, "Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight," 24 Oct. 2018 There’s also a wide range of silicone straps (28 in total) that are interchangeable and water-resistant. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Fossil Sport Smartwatch debuts with new Wear 3100 chip and Wear OS," 8 Nov. 2018 Being able to change that, without having to buy high-end professional production drones with interchangeable lenses, is a welcoming change. Vjeran Pavic, The Verge, "Parrot Anafi drone review: flying high, but falling short," 2 July 2018 The shame is usually intensified, as medical providers and society attribute their health status to their weight even though weight and health are not interchangeable and are not necessarily connected. SELF, "7 Ways Experts and Influencers Can Make Their Nutrition Advice More Inclusive," 16 Oct. 2018 The terms—town square/public square, and public space/public place—are at once interchangeable and not. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Can Apple stores be public spaces?," 3 Oct. 2018 Main competition: Since the linebacker spots can be somewhat interchangeable, the young backups are mostly fighting with the pack to try to stand out early in camp. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Ranking the Seahawks’ roster from 1-90: Who are the players at the bottom of the depth chart as training camp begins?," 17 July 2018 The girls became more interchangeable, and the show was all about the proposition, the big look. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 Women become interchangeable with the wall because boys learn both subtly and overtly to treat girls like objects, things of less value. Jessica Machado, chicagotribune.com, "If we don't want our sons to be monstrous men, we have to help them curb their anger," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of interchangeable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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interchangeable

adjective

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 \

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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