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 But Kischnick states that his reentry plan hasn't been put into place due to COVID-19. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Former Troy city manager seeks early release from prison due to coronavirus concerns," 16 June 2020 For now, the district has created a first draft of a guidebook for campus reentry — setting out safety and security guidelines, along with three different instructional models that the district could use. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Dallas ISD offers ideas on what school could look like next year, says it won’t start early," 12 June 2020 The state has broken extracurricular reentry into three phases, the first of which starts July 6. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "What will school look like in the fall? Answers to your top questions.," 5 June 2020 These bonds can be a critical component of successful reentry back to their home and community after release. Popular Science, "Nature helps nurture relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children," 2 June 2020 But the space shuttle program also suffered two tragedies that killed 14 astronauts: Challenger, in 1986, and Columbia, which disintegrated during reentry in 2003. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "SpaceX launches new era of spaceflight with company's first crewed mission," 30 May 2020 Hurley's friends died as their spacecraft burned up and broke apart during their reentry to Earth's atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The commander who laughed and joked Wednesday does not lack courage," 28 May 2020 The purpose of this flight was to test the Dragon capsule in flight and during reentry through Earth’s atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success," 3 June 2020 As California attorney general, created a reentry program for nonviolent, first-time drug offenders to help bring down recidivism rates. CBS News, "All the Democratic candidates who ran for president in 2020," 28 May 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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