re·​vers·​ible | \ri-ˈvər-sə-bəl \

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 \ noun
reversibly \ ri-​ˈvər-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of reversible in a Sentence


Fortunately, the damage is reversible.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cutting costs The researchers began their work by building a manganese-hydrogen battery, which stores energy by splitting water and producing hydrogen in a reversible reaction. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Researchers propose a cheap nickel-hydrogen battery for grid storage," 31 Oct. 2018 In some past studies with healthy, active young people, often college students, the consequences have been swift but reversible. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Planning a break from exercise? Think twice," 8 Aug. 2018 Could the state of Alaska help fix one of its most costly public health problems by giving long-acting, reversible birth control to women addicted to drugs or alcohol? Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Can long-acting contraceptives fix some of Alaska’s most vexing social problems? A state lawmaker wants to find out.," 22 Feb. 2018 Part of which was working with the Austrian-Swiss company Doppelmayr/Garaventa to build the cutting-edge Wings of Tatev tramway, the longest reversible cableway in the world. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monastery," 6 July 2018 In most reversible cases, rhabdo resolves within days to weeks. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "What is rhabdomyolysis? Workout, rare condition sends teen to hospital," 7 June 2018 Some people might find that an arm implant is the better long-acting reversible contraception option for their needs., "Rushing To Get An IUD? Don't Forget This Important Factor," 11 July 2018 But the damage done by lack of food and water is usually reversible — especially for adolescents. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "The Thai soccer team is out of the cave. But the road to recovery is just beginning.," 10 July 2018 Kessler's specific type of interstitial lung disease is caused by allergens — doctors suspect the culprit was either mold or bird feathers — and in her case is not reversible. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Lung disease leaves this 70-year-old breathless, but it won’t keep her out of the Gold Nugget Triathlon," 19 May 2018

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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 \

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 \ noun plural -ties
reversibly \ -​ˈvər-​sə-​blē \ adverb

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