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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Other Words from reversible


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


Fortunately, the damage is reversible.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While the damage done to one’s eyes is reversible if it’s caught by a doctor early enough, the patient featured in the case report suffered from irreversible damage. Maggie O'neill,, "A Teenage Boy Went Blind After Eating French Fries Everyday. How Does That Happen?," 4 Sep. 2019 The condition is reversible if treated early but can lead to blindness if no action is taken. Jack Guy, CNN, "Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and French fries," 3 Sep. 2019 Those chemical reactions are reversible, unlike the formation of zinc oxide, which is what lets the electrons and the lithium ions flow back and forth over many cycles of charging and discharging. Robert Masse, The Conversation, "How do lithium-ion batteries work?," 15 July 2019 Eventually, officials opted for the reversible express lanes that opened in 2014. Dan Sweeney,, "Readers favor a Broward-Dade monorail, though many want an east-west option," 1 Aug. 2019 Some have proposed improving mass transit or undertaking less-expensive projects — such as adding reversible lanes or fixing interchanges — as an alternative to the toll lanes. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland Gov. Hogan wins key approval for toll lanes project in D.C. suburbs," 5 June 2019 The movie star’s face has been transformed into a reversible sequin pillow. Christina Butan,, "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

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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 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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