1 of or relating to or suggestive of complementation; "interchangeable electric outlets" [syn: complementary, reciprocal]
2 (mathematics, logic) such that the arguments or roles can be interchanged; "the arguments of the symmetric relation, `is a sister of,' are interchangeable"
3 capable of replacing or changing places with something else; "interchangeable parts" [syn: exchangeable, similar, standardized, standardised]
- Freely substitutable. May be
swapped at will.
- Eli Whitney's development of interchangeable parts was a breakthrough for modern manufacturing. Prior to that each part had to be made custom.
Interchangeability can refer to:
- Interchangeability (telecommunication): A condition in which exist two or more items with characteristics making them equivalent in performance and durability, making them fully exchangeable.
- Interchangeability (computer science): The ability that an object can be replaced by another object without affecting code using the object.
- Interchangeable parts: In mechanical engineering, the ability to select components for assembly at random and fit them together within proper tolerances.
can be chnged
alike, assignable, changeable, communicable, commutable, commutative, conductive, consignable, contagious, convertible, conveyable, equal, equalizing, equivalent, even, exchangeable, exchanged, expressable, give-and-take, impartable, indiscernible, indistinct, indistinctive, indistinguishable, interchanged, mailable, metathetic, movable, mutual, permutable, portable, portative, reciprocal, reciprocating, reciprocative, removable, retaliatory, returnable, standard, stereotyped, substitutable, swapped, switched, traded, transferable, transfusable, transmissible, transmissive, transmittable, transportable, transportative, transposable, transposed, undifferentiated, undiscriminated, undistinguishable, undistinguished, uniform, without distinction