reinvent the wheel

Definition of reinvent the wheel


  1. :  to waste time trying to do something that has already been done successfully by someone else

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make as if for the first time something already invented

    :  to remake or redo completely

    :  to bring into use again

  1. :  a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle

    :  a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such as

    :  a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)

  1. :  to turn on or as if on an axis :  revolve

    :  to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

    :  to move or extend in a circle or curve

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to cast off or become cast off

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