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

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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Each set comes with six interchangeable rollers which are perfectly sized to gather up all of your hair. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Give Yourself a Perfect, Salon-Worthy Blowout," 23 Feb. 2015 The tunes, written to be pretty, are interchangeable, though Old Erich’s nurse, Carmelita, gets a Latin rhythm for her number, a heavy-handed signifier of her ethnicity. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Taking Up Serpents’ and ‘Dear Erich’ Reviews: Operas Haunted by the Past," 15 Jan. 2019 In the digital era, luxury brands such as Rolex, Tiffany and Cartier have leaned heavily on heritage and permanence; aside from different materials and interchangeable bands, a watch design can only change so much. Maghan Mcdowell, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cartier’s boldface foray into SF designed to dazzle," 13 Apr. 2018 Due to their interchangeable blades, they can be used for a variety of tasks around the home and job site. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Change Multi-Tool Blades in an Instant With the Bosch Starlock System," 5 Feb. 2016 The truck had interchangeable skis and tank-like treads on the rear tires. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Los Angeles has assembled a lineup of almost interchangeable parts to give itself the most favorable matchups as often as possible. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Manager Alex Cora Is Hitting on Every Move," 24 Oct. 2018 The other key feature is interchangeable dual batteries. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell tries to make durable laptops more modern with updated Latitude rugged line," 23 Oct. 2018 The Elkay brand recently rolled out stainless farmhouse sinks with interchangeable apron fronts in several colors. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 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 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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