noun, plural piracies.
practice of a pirate
; robbery or illegal violence at sea.
the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.: The record industry is beset with piracy.
Also called stream capture. Geology. diversion of the upper part of one stream by the headward growth of another.
Origin: 1545–55; Related forms
< Medieval Latin pīrātīa
< Late Greek peirāteía.
antipiracy, noun, plural antipiracies, adjective