Re-Entry

reentry

[ree-en-tree]
noun, plural reentries.
1.
an act of reentering.
2.
the return from outer space into the earth's atmosphere of an earth-orbiting satellite, spacecraft, rocket, or the like.
3.
Law. the retaking of possession under a right reserved in a prior conveyance.
4.
Also called reentry card. Bridge, Whist. a card that will win a trick enabling one to regain the lead previously lost, especially the lead from a particular hand.
Also, re-entry, reentrance, re-entrance [ree-en-truhns] .


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see re-, entry

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re-entry (riːˈɛntrɪ)
 
n , pl -tries
1.  the act of retaking possession of land, etc, under a right reserved in an earlier transfer of the property, such as a lease
2.  the return of a spacecraft into the earth's atmosphere

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re-entry
1439, "act of entering again," from re- "again" + entren, probably on model of M.Fr. rentrer (12c.). Specifically of spacecraft from 1948.
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reentry re·en·try (rē-ěn'trē)
n.
Return of the same impulse into an area of heart muscle that it has recently activated but that is now no longer refractory, as in reciprocal rhythm.

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