retrievability

retrieve

[ri-treev]
verb (used with object), retrieved, retrieving.
1.
to recover or regain: to retrieve the stray ball.
2.
to bring back to a former and better state; restore: to retrieve one's fortunes.
3.
to make amends for: to retrieve an error.
4.
to make good; repair: to retrieve a loss.
5.
Hunting. (of hunting dogs) to fetch (killed or wounded game).
6.
to draw back or reel in (a fishing line).
7.
to rescue; save.
8.
(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to make an in-bounds return of (a shot requiring running with the hand extended).
9.
Computers. to locate and read (data) from storage, as for display on a monitor.
verb (used without object), retrieved, retrieving.
10.
Hunting. to retrieve game.
11.
to retrieve a fishing line.
noun
12.
an act of retrieving; recovery.
13.
the possibility of recovery.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English retreven < Middle French retroev-, retreuv-, tonic stem of retrouver to find again, equivalent to re- re- + trouver to find; see trover

retrievable, adjective
retrievability, noun
nonretrievable, adjective
unretrievable, adjective
unretrieved, adjective


1. See recover.
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retrieve (rɪˈtriːv)
 
vb
1.  to get or fetch back again; recover: he retrieved his papers from various people's drawers
2.  to bring back to a more satisfactory state; revive
3.  to extricate from trouble or danger; rescue or save
4.  to recover or make newly available (stored information) from a computer system
5.  (also intr) (of a dog) to find and fetch (shot game)
6.  tennis, squash, badminton to return successfully (a shot difficult to reach)
7.  to recall; remember
 
n
8.  the act of retrieving
9.  the chance of being retrieved
 
[C15: from Old French retrover, from re- + trouver to find, perhaps from Vulgar Latin tropāre (unattested) to compose; see trover, troubadour]
 
re'trievable
 
adj
 
retrieva'bility
 
n
 
re'trievably
 
adv

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retrieve
c.1410, retreve, from M.Fr. retruev-, stem of O.Fr. retrouver "find again," from re- "again" + trouver "to find," probably from V.L. *tropare "to compose" (see trove). Altered 16c. to retrive; modern form is from c.1650. Retriever "dog used for retrieving game" first recorded 1486.
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