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

Adjective Fortunately, the damage is reversible.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Luria’s video was inspired in part by reversible poems that can be read forward and backward, McCabe said. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "In unusual video, Luria explains her support for impeachment, takes on Trump," 13 Nov. 2019 IUDs are in a class of highly-effective birth control methods called LARCs – long-acting reversible contraceptives. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Don’t want to get pregnant? Alabama’s here for you," 5 Nov. 2019 Lela has about 40 pieces by Anderson for sale, including reversible dresses and shirts, palazzo pants and — the most popular item — silk kimonos. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To reach a wider audience, Milwaukee artists turn their work into clothing, home items," 24 Oct. 2019 Other items for sale include a tie-dye throwback T-shirt, hoodies, socks, shorts, hats, and a reversible track jacket featuring the funky paisley lining that looks just like the one his character wore on the show. Rosy Cordero,, "Will Smith drops limited-edition clothing line inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," 2 Oct. 2019 Fenty’s ready-to-wear pieces start at $250 for a tank top and go as high as $1,360 for a reversible parka. Chasity Cooper, Essence, "These Black Creatives Are Redefining The Luxury Fashion World," 26 Sep. 2019 For purists, Aldi also is selling 12-inch black cast iron skillets for $9.99 and a reversible griddle-grill for $14.99. Doreen Christensen,, "Aldi: 4.6-quart enameled cast iron pots for under $25," 25 Sep. 2019 Past projects involving reversible color-change technology have only been able to go from transparent to one color and back again. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This New Dye Changes Color When Exposed to UV Light," 14 Sep. 2019 The Doppio is essentially two tables in one, the furniture version of a reversible jacket. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Reversible Table Is Amazing," 31 July 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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