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 The move is still reversible if Biden acts before the sixty-day deadline. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Biden Faces a Minefield in New Diplomacy with Iran," 4 Jan. 2021 Unlike some surgical procedures, it can be personalized to an individual’s needs and is reversible. Dallas News, "What Every Chronic Pain Sufferer Needs to Know," 10 Dec. 2020 For instance, this The Big One down-alternative reversible comforter is part of the site's sale. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Kohl's is having a huge home sale to help you refresh your space for 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 This thick, reversible option is great for at-home weights, virtual yoga classes, and even meditation sessions. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Wellness Gifts to Treat Yourself to in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 This reversible, two-sided cutting board is sourced ethically and sustainably in Cameroon and is crafted from beautiful marbled ebony and Sapele woods. Popular Science, "High-quality cutting boards for every cook," 22 Dec. 2020 This stainless steel dual-zone fridge has it all, from a reversible door and six soft-closing shelves to an LED display, alarm system, flexible installation and more. NBC News, "Best wine gifts of 2020: Best gifts and gift ideas for wine lovers," 11 Dec. 2020 For the reversible version with black phosphorus, the researchers used two gates, which reinforced the on/off signal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Phosphorus equivalent of graphene makes reconfigurable transistors," 13 Dec. 2020 Two blade options allow for a reversible disc that will slice and shed, and an S-blade that will puree, mix and chop. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best food processor: Chop your way to easy meal prep," 13 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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The first known use of reversible was in 1648

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23 Jan 2021

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“Reversible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 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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