- to study or analyze (a device, as a microchip for computers) in order to learn details of design, construction, and operation, perhaps to produce a copy or an improved version.
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Examples from the Web for reverse-engineer
If we reverse-engineer the progress of the Boeing 777 from this single moment of clarity, where does it begin to get complicated?How Flight 370 Could Have Become a Zombie
March 19, 2014
But chefs say their motives are mainly educational: They use them to reverse-engineer their own versions.The War on Salami Finally Ends!
April 30, 2013
Anyone can reverse-engineer a terrific dish , and recreate it elsewhere—whether they attribute it to the original chef or not.In ‘The Knockoff Economy,’ The Upside to Ripping Off Others’ Ideas
Kal Raustiala, Christopher Sprigman
September 8, 2012