re·​en·​try | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈen-trē \

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

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Immediately, the Soyuz capsule initiated its abort sequence, separated from the rest of the rocket, and performed a ballistic reentry — when a vehicle comes in much steeper than a normal descent. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Today’s failed Soyuz launch complicates the future of the International Space Station," 11 Oct. 2018 And Los Angeles County has embraced prisoner reentry programs, with an eye to bringing down the numbers of homeless and mentally ill people — about 5,000 — crowding the jails. Gale Holland,, "Ex-inmate Susan Burton goes back to prison to lead out women she left behind," 26 May 2018 Instead of a long, flat flight profile, a ballistic reentry is steep and short. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Ballistic Reentry: How Astronauts Survive a Failed Launch," 11 Oct. 2018 The organization will continue to fund mental health, substance disorder, reentry and employment efforts. Austen Erblat,, "The Lord's Place receives $1M gift, renovations and new name," 6 July 2018 Some of the heavier parts of the orbiting space lab, such as the engines, were expected to survive reentry. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Burns Up Over the Pacific Ocean," 2 Apr. 2018 This kind of uneasy coexistence has become the norm as the FAA continues to restrict airspace for commercial launches and reentry, often for an hour or more. Justin Bachman,, "Commercial space launches are making life complicated for airlines," 27 June 2018 Yet, Murphy slashed all the money from a prisoner reentry program that was created by his fellow Democratic Party colleagues, reported. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "NJ governor sees guns, not shooter's early prison release, as the problem," 19 June 2018 SpaceShipOne’s wing would fold up to a 60-degree angle, changing the configuration so the plane’s greater surface area would create more drag and slow it down during reentry. Samantha Masunaga,, "An interest in model airplanes paved the way for Ben Diachun of Scaled Composites," 8 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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re·​en·​try | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈen-trē \
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 \

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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