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Dictionary Definition

reversible adj
1 capable of reversing or being reversed; "reversible hypertension" [ant: irreversible]
2 capable of being reversed or used with either side out; "a reversible jacket" [syn: two-sided] [ant: nonreversible]
3 capable of being reversed; "a reversible decision is one that can be appealed or vacated"
4 capable of assuming or producing either of two states; "a reversible chemical reaction"; "a reversible cell" n : a garment (especially a coat) that can be worn inside out (with either side of the cloth showing)

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. able to be reversed
  2. In the context of "of clothing}} able to be worn inside out

Extensive Definition

Reversibility can refer to
  • Reversible dynamics, a mathematical dynamical system, or physical laws of motion, for which time-reversed dynamics are well defined
  • Time reversibility
  • Reversible computing, logical reversibility of a computation - a computational step for which a well-defined inverse exists
  • Reversible process (thermodynamics), a process or cycle such that the net change at each stage in the combined entropy of the system and its surroundings is zero
  • Reversible reaction in chemistry, for which the position of the chemical equilibrium is very sensitive to the imposed physical conditions; so the reaction can be made to run either forwards or in reverse by changing those conditions
  • A reversible process in engineering, a process or operation of a system or device such that a net reverse in operation will accomplished the converse of the original function
  • Reversible error, a legal mistake invalidating a trial
  • Part of the concrete operational stage in Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development, the mental process of understanding that numbers and objects can change and then return to their original state

See also

  • Irreversibility, in thermodynamics, processes that are not reversible are termed irreversible
reversible in German: Reversibilität
reversible in French: Réversibilité
reversible in Spanish: Reversibilidad
reversible in Japanese: リバーシブル
reversible in Slovenian: Reverzibilna sprememba

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