reversible

adjective
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

reversible

noun

Definition of reversible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a reversible cloth or article of clothing

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Other Words from reversible

Adjective

reversibility \ ri-​ˌvər-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
reversibly \ ri-​ˈvər-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of reversible in a Sentence

Adjective

Fortunately, the damage is reversible.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Beyond celebrating the rich Chinese heritage, the dinner served a preview of Yali's latest silk jacket collection and the launch of Zanardi’s most recent project, a line of reversible linen travel jackets. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Yali Hosted a Chinese New Year Dinner and All the Guests Wore Robes," 6 Feb. 2019 That’s why this is essentially an instantaneous but reversible effect. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wind power makes the ground warmer even as it cools the planet," 7 Oct. 2018 Everything about what’s happening now is highly reversible, and in directions that do not favor a good relationship with North Korea. Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 2018 The condition is reversible, and in this case the patient recovered within four weeks of stopping the minocycline. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Patient develops 'black hairy tongue' from medication," 7 Sep. 2018 The brand offers a variety of gorgeous, colorful prints; this one in particular features a reversible watercolor design on the front with a more subtle botanical print on the back. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Duvet Covers, According to Textile Experts," 21 Dec. 2018 Arne Vodder Sideboard Danish furniture designer Arne Vodder’s cabinets are his most iconic pieces, and this sideboard is particularly stunning with its reversible doors and painted details. WSJ, "Creative Director Magnus Berger’s Holiday Gift Guide: Fine Design," 18 Dec. 2018 And, to be clear, a reversible bracelet of diamonds and lacquer is much more easily transported between houses. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Inside the Inspiration for Chanel's New Fine Jewelry Collection," 13 Dec. 2018 This meant that IUDs and implants — the most effective, reversible contraceptives — became a lot more affordable for American women. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The American abortion rate is at an all-time low," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of reversible

Adjective

1648, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reversible was in 1648

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reversible

adjective

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

reversible

adjective
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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