1. Capable of being reversed, as:
a. Finished so that either side can be used: a reversible fabric.
b. Wearable with either side turned outward: a reversible skirt; a reversible vest.
2. Chemistry & Physics
a. Capable of assuming or producing either of two states: a reversible cell.
b. Of or relating to a process, such as a chemical reaction or a phase change, in which the system undergoing the process can be returned to its original state.
A reversible fabric or item of clothing.
re·vers′i·bili·ty, re·versi·ble·ness n.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.