from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That can be reversed, as:
  • adj. Finished so that either side can be used: a reversible fabric.
  • adj. Wearable with either side turned outward: a reversible skirt; a reversible vest.
  • adj. Chemistry & Physics Capable of assuming or producing either of two states: a reversible cell; a reversible reaction.
  • adj. Chemistry & Physics 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.
  • n. A reversible fabric or item of clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. able to be reversed
  • adj. able to be worn inside out
  • adj. (of a chemical reaction) capable of proceeding in either direction
  • adj. (of a phase change) capable of returning to the original state
  • adj. capable of returning to the original state without consumption of free energy and increase of entropy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being reversed.
  • adj. Hence, having a pattern or finished surface on both sides, so that either may be used; -- said of fabrics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being reversed.
  • Admitting of legal reversal or annulment.
  • Capable of being reversed, or of being used or shown with either side exposed: as, reversible cloth. Also reversable.
  • n. A textile fabric having two faces, either of which may be exposed; a reversible fabric.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of assuming or producing either of two states
  • n. a garment (especially a coat) that can be worn inside out (with either side of the cloth showing)
  • adj. capable of being reversed
  • adj. capable of being reversed or used with either side out
  • adj. capable of reversing or being reversed


Probably from Middle French (Wiktionary)



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  • JM is excited to see how his new reversible jacket turns out.

    May 31, 2011