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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To them, bikes and scooters are not interchangeable. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando’s Lime electric bikes remain ‘at this time’ as electric scooters gain momentum," 5 July 2019 As with an electrical diagram, many pieces are considered to be interchangeable—a resistor is a resistor and a switch is a switch. Ryan Dalton, Scientific American, "Decoding the Language of Neurons," 2 July 2019 The Pelicans have the best defensive backcourt in the Western Conference, if not the entire NBA. Ingram and Williamson are interchangeable matchup nightmares on the offensive end. Jeff Duncan, nola.com, "Anthony Davis trade creates endless possibilities, bright future for Pelicans," 16 June 2019 It’s set up with the two most common Allen key sizes, 4mm and 5mm, fixed in place, plus a 6mm bit in an interchangeable magnetic slot where the other bits (Phillps, slotted, and Torx, sold separately) can be inserted as needed. Cameron Martindell, WIRED, "Buying Guide: The Best Summer Cycling Gear," 13 June 2019 The elements a, b, and c are all interchangeable, since a + a = 0, b + b = 0, and c + c = 0. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, "New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes," 2 Mar. 2017 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

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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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