reversible

adjective
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

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 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

The movie star’s face has been transformed into a reversible sequin pillow. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "PSA: There's a Reversible Sequin Pillowcase of Nicolas Cage’s Face on Amazon for Just $10," 6 Aug. 2019 In some instances, however, researchers are learning that the process is not reversible — and that this failure represents a malfunction of proteins associated with a broad range of diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. Quanta Magazine, "‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death," 26 Nov. 2018 This and a few other studies suggesting epigenetic change is reversible have the potential to change the narrative of doom around the topic, researchers say. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Parents’ emotional trauma may change their children’s biology. Studies in mice show how," 18 July 2019 The steps Iran has taken are all easily reversible. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Iran Announces New Breach of Nuclear Deal Limits and Threatens Further Violations," 7 July 2019 Unfortunately, the gains in Iraq, while real, proved to be reversible. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 Once a person becomes sensitive to formaldehyde, even a low-level exposure to the chemical can cause the body to react, and the sensitization may not be reversible. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 The implication is that disorders like fetal alcohol syndrome and other birth defects could eventually be reversible in humans. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Build upside down: 'Stranger Things' is getting a wild, reversible Lego set The chain is partnering with Coke on a contest involving the Burger King app where winners can earn special prizes from food to a Stranger Things VIP Experience. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Burger King is selling an 'Upside Down Whopper' to honor 'Stranger Things'," 13 June 2019

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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 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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