- able to be renewed: a library book that is not renewable.
- something that is renewable.
Origin of renewable
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Examples from the Web for renewables
Unless something major changes in the price of renewables, I expect that pattern to continue for the indefinite future.What Are We Going to Do About Carbon?
June 25, 2013
The rather thin justification offered is that some of the power the transmission line will carry will come from renewables.Solyndra 2.0
April 2, 2013
We will support nuclear and renewables but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet.Mitt Romney's Iowa Problem
November 6, 2012
DB: Was there ever the idea to consolidate and create one global trustmark for all renewables?Winds of Change: Q&A: Vestas Visionary Morten Albaek
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January 27, 2011
Leverage public dollars with private investment through a Green Bank to promote energy-efficiency and renewables.How I'd Create Jobs
The Daily Beast
December 7, 2009
- sources of alternative energy, such as wind and wave power
Word Origin and History for renewables
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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