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 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 To start, the top is reversible, with a different color on either side. Travel + Leisure, "This Sustainable Activewear Brand Makes a Sports Bra You Can Wear 4 Ways," 9 May 2021 As such, the swim pieces have important design elements like being reversible, while from an aesthetic perspective, the Koral collections are designed to integrate with each other and be mixed and matched. Rebecca Suhrawardi, Forbes, "Fashion Forward Athletic Line Koral Launches Sexy, High-Performance Swim Collection," 7 May 2021 Their effects are reversible, while those from hormone treatments partially are not. Tribune News Service, al, "Transgender Georgians, families brace as states across South pass restrictive laws," 2 May 2021 The project is reversible, meaning it can be removed if plans for the Colosseum change in the future., "A $22 million upgrade to Rome’s Colosseum will restore majestic view," 2 May 2021 Casciani, who lives in Bay Park, also came to recognize that even if a person’s disease or chronic condition was not reversible, through psychological assessment and treatment, their outlook was. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Dr. Joseph Casciani," 22 Apr. 2021 For those who do, and who gain access to them, the impact of blockers is reversible. Kristina R. Olson, Scientific American, "Gender-Affirming Health Care Should Be a Right, not a Crime," 13 Apr. 2021 Perhaps best of all, this grill pan is reversible and features a smooth griddle on the other side—perfect for cooking breakfast foods like bacon and eggs. Sam Lauron, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Grill Pans for Indoor Grilling, According to Thousands of Customer Reviews," 6 Apr. 2021 Nate Bargatze’s been fooled by a reversible jacket. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Nate Bargatze Is Not Smarter Than a Third Grader in the Trailer for His New Special," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Making a gift reversible, if the tax becomes retroactive, involves using Irrevocable Trusts. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, "Will Changes To The Tax Law Be Retroactive?," 9 Mar. 2021 KAlwyn Home reversible Microfiber Queen Comforter ($27.12, regularly $209.99; Need a bedding overhaul? Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best Cyber Monday deals under $50," 30 Nov. 2020 In addition, this cast-iron reversible grill/griddle is a steal at $29.90—that's half off the full price. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "These Lodge cast-iron skillets are at a massive markdown for Prime Day 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 This Fairfield Square Collection Austin reversible set, for instance, falls from $100 to $27.99, and comes with a comforter, two shams, a bed skirt, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and and two pillowcases. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "8-piece bedding sets are on sale for less than $30 at Macy's—but only for a limited time," 18 Sep. 2020 Just heat the griddle (with the smooth side up if its reversible) in a 450-degree oven. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Why you need a reversible stovetop cast-iron griddle, a do-everything tool in the kitchen," 12 Sep. 2020 High five to the hat designer here for creating a structured yet soft-wave wider brim on this reversible. Sunset Magazine, "Is the Bucket Hat the Perfect Hat for 2020? We Think So!," 18 Aug. 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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“Reversible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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

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