Origin of interchangeableOld French entrechangeable
The definition of interchangeable is able to be used in place of one another.
An example of interchangeable are the words dinner and supper.
Capable of being interchanged: interchangeable items of clothing; interchangeable automotive parts.
- in′ter·change′a·bil′i·ty in′ter·change′a·ble·ness
- Freely substitutable. May be swapped at will.
- Eli Whitney's development of interchangeable parts was a breakthrough for modern manufacturing. Prior to that each part had to be made custom.
- But it is possible that the terms at an early date were interchangeable, Canaan being geographical and Amorite ethnical.
- This cipher alphabet is called Albam, from the first interchangeable pairs.
- If an element be present in a compound otherwise than as an ion, it is not interchangeable, and cannot be recognized by the usual tests.
- Nor are the terms interchangeable now; for not all metropolitans are archbishops,' nor all archbishops metropolitans.
- In the level the eye-piece and object-glass are interchangeable, to facilitate adjustment for collimation.