- that can be reversed; specif., made so that either side can be used as the outer side; finished on both sides: said of cloth, coats, etc.
- that can reverse; specif., that can change and then go back to the original condition by a reversal of the change: said of a chemical reaction, etc.
Decorating with a reversible comforter gives the homeowner more styling options.
An example of something that is reversible is a blanket that has a pattern on the front and on the back so you can use it in either direction.
- 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.
- 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.
- re·vers′i·bil′i·ty re·vers′i·ble·ness
(comparative more reversible, superlative most reversible)
- able to be reversed
- (of clothing) able to be worn inside out
- (chemistry) (of a chemical reaction) capable of proceeding in either direction
- (physics) (of a phase change) capable of returning to the original state
- (thermodynamics) capable of returning to the original state without consumption of free energy and increase of entropy
Probably from Middle French
- A reversible level d rests on the accurately turned pivots of this axis.
- (6) If we apply the second law, regarding the couple as a reversible engine, and considering only the reversible effects, we obtain (s' - s")/T = - d(P/T)/dT.
- If the change is not reversible, but the final state is the same, the change of entropy, do, is the same, but it is no longer equal to dII/B.
- Nevertheless, the relations obtained in reversible cases such as sulphur have not yet found application in the highly interesting cases of ordinary irreversible isomerism.
- A very important evolutionary principle is that in such secondary returns to primary phases lost organs are never recovered, but new organs are acquired; hence the force of Dollo's dictum that evolution is irreversible from the point of view of structure, while frequently reversible, or recurrent, in point of view of the conditions of environment and adaptation.