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reentry

[ree-en-tree]
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noun, plural re·en·tries.
  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.
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Also re-en·try, re·en·trance, re-en·trance [ree-en-truh ns] /riˈɛn trəns/.

Origin of reentry

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at re-, entry
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re-entry

noun plural -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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Word Origin and History for re-entry

n.

also reentry, mid-15c., "act of entering again," from re- "again" + entry; probably on model of Middle French rentrer (12c.). Specifically of spacecraft from 1948.

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re-entry in Medicine

reentry

(rē-ĕntrē)
n.
  1. 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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