re·​vers·​ible | \ ri-ˈvər-sə-bəl How to pronounce reversible (audio) \

Definition of reversible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being reversed or of reversing: such as
a : capable of going through a series of actions (such as changes) either backward or forward a reversible chemical reaction
b : having two finished usable sides reversible fabric
c : wearable with either side out a reversible coat



Definition of reversible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a reversible cloth or article of clothing

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Other Words from reversible


reversibility \ ri-​ˌvər-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reversibility (audio) \ noun
reversibly \ ri-​ˈvər-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reversibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of reversible in a Sentence


Fortunately, the damage is reversible.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But sedentary readers shouldn’t feel heartbroken—the researchers emphasized that changes in heart shape are likely reversible, with the incorporation of endurance activities like distance running and swimming over many years. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Running—or sitting—can change the shape of your heart," 16 Sep. 2019 Picking a coordinating print or solid for the back gives you the option of making reversible placemats. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Home decor: How to make your own placemats," 10 Sep. 2019 Along with being the perfect size for the tiny tots in your life, the sweet change purse also boasts color-changing abilities thanks to the reversible sequins found on the unicorn’s face. Stephanie Petit,, "Prince William Says Princess Charlotte 'Loves' Unicorns After Her Cute Keychain Moment at School," 9 Sep. 2019 Volunteers are provided with clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local NCDOT County Maintenance Yard offices. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Here’s How You Can Help Keep North Carolina Beautiful This Fall," 8 Sep. 2019 After imposition of a state law restricting family planning funding in 2011, long-acting, reversible contraceptive use went down by 35 percent, according to a 2016 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Trump’s Title X Restrictions Are Nothing Short of Coercion," 20 Aug. 2019 An alternative would be to cover Arnautoff’s murals with felt or some other opaque fabric, which would shroud them but is reversible, which is crucial. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "The Case for Keeping San Francisco’s Disputed George Washington Murals," 26 July 2019 While the damage done to one’s eyes is reversible if it’s caught by a doctor early enough, the patient featured in the case report suffered from irreversible damage. Maggie O'neill,, "A Teenage Boy Went Blind After Eating French Fries Everyday. How Does That Happen?," 4 Sep. 2019 The condition is reversible if treated early but can lead to blindness if no action is taken. Jack Guy, CNN, "Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and French fries," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of reversible


1648, in the meaning defined above


1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reversible was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of reversible

: able to be changed back to an earlier or original state
: able to be stopped and not causing permanent damage or changes
: having two sides that can be used


re·​vers·​ible | \ ri-ˈvər-sə-bəl How to pronounce reversible (audio) \

Medical Definition of reversible

1 : capable of going through a series of actions (as changes) either backward or forward the chemical reaction was not reversible
2 : capable of being corrected or undone : not permanent or irrevocable reversible hypertension a reversible vasectomy

Other Words from reversible

reversibility \ -​ˌvər-​sə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce reversibility (audio) \ noun, plural reversibilities
reversibly \ -​ˈvər-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reversibly (audio) \ adverb

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