Definition of interchangeable in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Fiat owners will also have access to our full range of spare parts - most of which are fully interchangeable with Fiat spares.’
    • ‘The euro will not change the terms of any existing contract and, from 1999, any reference to an EMU zone currency will be interchangeable with the euro at the given conversion rate.’
    • ‘This technology is newer, tends to be more expensive and the devices and equipment are not compatible or interchangeable with the 802.11b standard.’
    • ‘After decades of producing small arms by hand, by 1842 the armories introduced large-scale assembly of muskets from uniform, interchangeable parts.’
    • ‘The FCC's two top issues are determining the boundaries for areas where numbers can be swapped and deciding whether wireline numbers will be interchangeable with wireless ones.’
    • ‘In the case of wood, the separate butt-stocks and forends appear to be identical and interchangeable.’
    • ‘Compliance does not imply that a component is fully interoperable or interchangeable with other similar complaint components from other manufacturers.’
    • ‘The key consideration was that the replacement part had to be interchangeable with the original one.’
    • ‘Actually a full 60 percent of the Bizon 2's parts are fully interchangeable with the AKS - 74.’
    • ‘For example, artillery ammunition could be interchangeable with tank and large mortar ammunition, reducing at least six types of ammunition to one.’
    • ‘They aren't meant to be interchangeable with leader-writers.’
    • ‘The Boeing 767s were largely interchangeable with the Airbus A310-200s albeit the 767s had a somewhat longer range.’
    • ‘The modules are fully interchangeable with each other so they can be used and secured in place, without the need for blocking and bracing, in any of the MS&T containers.’
    • ‘These electrons are quite easily interchangeable with similar electrons from other things' extremities.’
    • ‘Unlike many other attempts to copy to some degree the Winchester single-shot design, Ballard Rifle has recreated it exactly to the extent that all of their parts are interchangeable with the originals.’
    • ‘Cups and lids must be interchangeable with those from other suppliers.’
    • ‘The batteries are ideal for both new installations and for upgrades since they are directly interchangeable with standard products in form, fit and function.’
    • ‘Our guns are so exacting their parts are interchangeable with first generation Colts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee considers cefoxitin and cefotetan to be therapeutically equivalent and interchangeable antibiotics.’
    exchangeable, transposable, replaceable
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    1. 1.1 Apparently identical; very similar.
      ‘the cast includes a lot of interchangeable faces’
      • ‘The conclusion of this report was that sponsorship was now essentially interchangeable with advertising in terms of placing brand images and deliberately targeting the young.’
      • ‘Still, I attempted to search for an identification figure among the morass of interchangeable horndogs.’
      • ‘Apparently our leaders do, viewing people as interchangeable cogs.’
      • ‘There are some problems with the screenplay, most notably the kids being as interchangeable as those two Olsen twins.’
      • ‘Commentary, National Review and The Weekly Standard are nearly interchangeable in terms of foreign policy and empire.’
      • ‘How could two pharmacological agents, considered by many to be interchangeable and equivalent, have such divergent effects on coronary vascular outcomes despite similar effects on blood pressure?’
      • ‘Psychoanalytically speaking, the two events are very closely related, if not identical and interchangeable.’
      • ‘In the other, the individual is interchangeable, for if all are equal in every way, one will do as well as the other.’
      • ‘Medals and ribbons are NOT considered to be interchangeable uniform accoutrements by anyone who served or is serving on active duty.’
      • ‘So I was paying $100 a day to a tour guide who, after twenty-seven years of living in Hamburg, had apparently concluded that English and German were interchangeable.’
      • ‘Kristeva comments upon the fluid, interchangeable identities of Proust's characters.’
      • ‘The songs, and the performances, were as indistinct and interchangeable as Ant and Dec.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are three other girls just like her and they look so much alike under the layers of makeup they are almost interchangeable.’
      • ‘As New York strip clubs get more upscale and the dancers grow more homogenous and interchangeable, neo-burlesque is an arena where individuality rules.’
      • ‘Bodies and identities - and races, it seems - are interchangeable.’
      • ‘Now the names are interchangeable with US rappers.’
      • ‘Perhaps at the root of strong assertions of male and female differences is the fear of so identifying the two as to make them interchangeable.’
      • ‘I can only assume that he thinks the word ‘pagan’ is interchangeable with ‘immoral’, which it is not.’
      • ‘They also tend to view themselves as co-parents, having equal and interchangeable roles in developing nurturant, androgynous offspring.’
      identical, similar, alike, the same, exactly the same, indistinguishable, uniform, twin, undifferentiated, homogeneous, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
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