- 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.
- In the special case of a substance isolated from external heat supply, dH=o, the change of entropy is zero in a reversible process, but must be positive if the process is not reversible.
- 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.
- There were arrangements for the brilliant illumination of the choir and its relief, which was sometimes sculptured on both sides and reversible, while the podia were intentionally more obscure.