reentry

noun

re·​en·​try (ˌ)rē-ˈen-trē How to pronounce reentry (audio)
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 The struggle to balance my children’s distinct needs is overwhelming, and, with my reentry into the workforce, trivial responsibilities with my toddler are falling on my teenage daughter. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 These organizations focus primarily on outreach, intervention and reentry from incarceration. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Feb. 2024 Compared with the court system and the prison system, there’s very little government presence in the reentry space. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Jan. 2024 In a flyby this September, the OSIRIS-REx ejected a return capsule carrying the sample container, which survived reentry and a faulty parachute deployment to land — intact and perfectly upright — in the Utah desert. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Endeavour flew 25 missions in space before its final flight in 2011, eight years after another shuttle, Columbia, disintegrated on reentry in 2003, and the shuttle fleet was set for retirement. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Atmospheric drag will likely pull Lockheed Martin's payload back into Earth's atmosphere for a destructive reentry in a matter of weeks. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2024 Early in his career at NASA, Hernández saw friends and colleagues perish when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry to the Earth’s atmosphere in 2003. Peter Larsen, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 Nearly all of the spacecraft should have burned up during reentry. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reentry was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reentry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reentry. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

reentry

noun
re·​en·​try (ˈ)rē-ˈen-trē How to pronounce reentry (audio)
1
: a second or new entry
2
: the action of reentering the earth's atmosphere after travel in space

Medical Definition

reentry

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

Legal Definition

reentry

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