re·​en·​try | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈen-trē How to pronounce reentry (audio) \

Definition of reentry

1 : a retaking possession especially : entry by a lessor on leased premises on the tenant's failure to perform the conditions of the lease
2 : a second or new entry
3 : a playing card that will enable a player to regain the lead
4 : the action of reentering the earth's atmosphere after travel in space

Examples of reentry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Friends Brandon Nyland and Erin Dwyer wondered if simply allowing exit and reentry on general-admission tickets could encourage fest-goers to support surrounding businesses more. Doug George, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 Part of the goal of reentry initiatives is to give people tools — such as housing and job placement — to prevent them from returning to prison. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 The heat shield uses the same material as the Apollo capsules to withstand reentry temperatures of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Arkansas Online, 28 Aug. 2022 To receive federal grants for employment services, reentry nonprofits must show high job-placement rates. Emily Corwin, ProPublica, 23 Aug. 2022 This bootie feels like the ideal reentry point into, well, booties. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2022 The missile carried a test reentry vehicle, which traveled about 6,700 km to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where there is sophisticated tracking equipment to verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 16 Aug. 2022 If the liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the moon flyby, and Orion’s reentry and splashdown off the coast of San Diego in October go as planned, Artemis 2 will go ahead. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 Richardson also surrounds herself with plants at work as a director at Huma House, a reentry nonprofit in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reentry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reentry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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re·​en·​try | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈen-trē How to pronounce reentry (audio) \
plural reentries

Medical Definition of reentry

: a cardiac mechanism that is held to explain certain abnormal heart actions (as tachycardia) and that involves the transmission of a wave of depolarization along an alternate pathway when the original pathway is blocked with return of the impulse along the blocked pathway when the alternate pathway is refractory and then transmission along the open pathway resulting in an abnormality


re·​en·​try | \ ˌrē-ˈen-trē How to pronounce reentry (audio) \

Legal Definition of reentry

: a retaking possession of property by a lessor or grantor in exercise of the right to do so upon the failure of the lessee or grantee to fulfill a covenant or condition — see also power of termination at power sense 2b

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