- able to be renewed: a library book that is not renewable.
- something that is renewable.
Origin of renewable
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for renewable
But renewable electricity is playing an increasingly important role in car production.Charging Up
The Daily Beast
October 28, 2014
Sarkozy can be held 24 hours, renewable once for a second 24-hour stretch.France’s Ex-Prez Sarkozy Placed Under Formal Investigation for Corruption
July 2, 2014
After 28 days in sanctuary, Neyoy was notified that ICE had granted him a work permit and a renewable one-year stay of removal.This Church Is Reviving the Sanctuary Movement to Shelter Undocumented Immigrants From Deportation
June 11, 2014
This renewable (I mean renewed every single damn day) bio-energy (otherwise known as fetid rot) helps keep the coop warm.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
And it creates a training program for “Energy efficiency and renewable energy workers.”The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
Their membership then becomes to some extent shifting and renewable.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
A body that is renewable much as any of our inanimate machines of the factory is renewable.The Grain Of Dust
David Graham Phillips
In Britain an auctioneer must have a licence (for which he pays 10), renewable annually.
The bottom is formed of a refractory stone, which is renewable.Inventions in the Century
William Henry Doolittle
The term of a licence does not exceed seven years, but is renewable.
Word Origin and History for renewable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to a natural resource, such as solar energy, water, or wood, that is never used up or that can be replaced by new growth. Resources that are dependent on regrowth can sometimes be depleted beyond the point of renewability, as when the deforestation of land leads to desertification or when a commercially valuable species is harvested to extinction. Pollution can also make a renewable resource such as water unusable in a particular location. Compare nonrenewable.
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