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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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 Your Forever Vest The iconic down vest is twice as nice in this reversible style, great for layering on during a winter hike or a jaunt to the farmers’ market. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "Score Winter Outerwear Half-Off in Patagonia’s Huge President’s Day Sale," 12 Feb. 2020 An integrated rail, internal safety, reversible magazine release, and three-dot sight system add to the appeal for those who carry daily. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "Best Cheap Guns of SHOT Show 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Because of their attraction to larger proteins, small proteins may give cells a reversible way to switch larger proteins on or off. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New universe of miniproteins is upending cell biology and genetics," 17 Oct. 2019 Available right now on the Wings' website with this deal is a ticket to the Flyers game, a Tigers-Wings reversible knit hat, and a ticket to the Tigers' Opening Day at Comerica Park, March 30 against the Royals. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers team up for Opening Day ticket package," 4 Feb. 2020 The reversible deep-carry mini pocket clip is as unobtrusive as ever. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Children who play in these leagues all receive a Niners reversible jersey. Ken Belson, New York Times, "The Raiders Left Oakland. The 49ers Want to Take It.," 17 Jan. 2020 Comprised of 50 percent sherpa and 50 percent polyester, this reversible Serta electric blanket comes with five heat settings. Popular Science, "Electric blankets for people don’t like sleeping cold," 31 Oct. 2019 Iranian officials have indicated that their decision to no longer heed any commitments under the 2015 deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA — is reversible. Washington Post, "E.U. leaders rally behind tattered Iran deal, ignoring Trump’s call to ditch it," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reversible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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