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

Other Words from reversible


reversibility \ ri-​ˌvər-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reversible (audio) \ noun
reversibly \ ri-​ˈvər-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reversible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of reversible in a Sentence

Adjective Fortunately, the damage is reversible.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Drugs targeting the male sperm without harming the stem cells that make more, or blocking a receptor needed to make sperm the way YCT529 does, could, in theory, be reversible. Caroline Hopkins, NBC News, 17 July 2022 But abortions rights advocates worry that the development is reversible, given Israel’s ongoing state of political upheaval. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 As a bonus, the set is reversible with lighter and darker shades for two looks in one. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2022 This event is extraordinarily rare, treatable, reversible, and has been experienced as a rare event following various medications, including medications for heart disease and joint problems. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The key thing is that this process remained reversible; the plating of sodium on the polymer could be reversed and then plated again. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 6 July 2022 Vasectomies are also considered reversible, the hospital advised, though reversal is typically expensive and not always reliable. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 The snorkel's other neat trick is the reversible plates that can be easily switched between the front and back, but ours always faced backward. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 28 June 2022 After all, cataracts - a reversible condition that is the leading cause of blindness - is projected to afflict 39 Million individuals worldwide in 2030. London Business School, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nothing handcrafted, just an assembly line of reversible, matching little outfits for the spirit, attaching shame to the human potential for spiritual ascendance and transcendence. Clay Cane, CNN, 21 July 2022 REI Co-Op Campwell Tablecloth and Bench Covers ($45 and $40) Upgrade any picnic table with this reversible tablecloth and cushioned bench-cover set. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 In particular, everything that happens to the system plus environment is in principle reversible, just as is implied by the standard mathematical formulation of how a quantum system evolves in time. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022 Researchers, including Frank, have worked on ballistic reversible computing for decades. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 29 Mar. 2022 Consider the Pem America Diana six-piece twin reversible comforter collection, which is now selling for $29.99 from its regular price of $100. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Throw this fun leopard print rash guard over a bralette, tankini, or sports bra to keep the sun off your shoulders, and pair it with an ultra high-waist reversible print bottom. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021 Our favorite is the Lululemon reversible mat, which has more than 3,000 reviews on the site. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Making a gift reversible, if the tax becomes retroactive, involves using Irrevocable Trusts. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for reversible


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 reversible (audio) \ noun, plural reversibilities
reversibly \ -​ˈvər-​sə-​blē How to pronounce reversible (audio) \ adverb

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