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interchangeable

Syllabification: in·ter·change·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈCHānjəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of interchangeable in English:

adjective

1(Of two things) able to be interchanged: eyepieces are interchangeable and one can use any eyepiece with any telescope the V8 engines are all interchangeable with each other
More example sentences
  • It was either that or some boat that had built-in outriggers, each with its own dagger board (which was cunningly interchangeable with the rudder blade), and a central driving seat.
  • They aren't meant to be interchangeable with leader-writers.
  • The key consideration was that the replacement part had to be interchangeable with the original one.
1.1Apparently identical; very similar: the cast includes a lot of interchangeable faces
More example sentences
  • Iron sport outsiders often see bodybuilders and powerlifters as interchangeable, like identical twins, but those who bodybuild and those who powerlift mostly focus on the differences between one another.
  • Kristeva comments upon the fluid, interchangeable identities of Proust's characters.
  • Psychoanalytically speaking, the two events are very closely related, if not identical and interchangeable.

Derivatives

interchangeability

1
Pronunciation: /ˌintərˌCHānjəˈbilitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • They all look completely different, but interchangeability from multiple brands enables Ford to create a wide variety of models.
  • The first of these was an almost complete interchangeability between different parts of speech.
  • Interpretation of early reports is complicated by the interchangeability of the terms ‘psalm’, ‘hymn’, and ‘song’.

interchangeableness

2
noun

interchangeably

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • It is precisely the repetition, the rhythm, of words used interchangeably as nouns, verbs and adjectives that makes such speech effective.
  • These terms are frequently used interchangeably as linked, compatible and occasionally synonymous concepts.
  • It is very bad indeed when words with clearly different meanings are used interchangeably.

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