reverse engineer

reverse engineered; reverse engineering; reverse engineers

Definition of reverse engineer

transitive verb

: to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (a product or device) to discover the concepts involved in manufacture usually in order to produce something similar

Other Words from reverse engineer

reverse engineering noun

Examples of reverse engineer in a Sentence

They reverse engineered the software.
Recent Examples on the Web The effort involves an attempt to reverse engineer the vaccine from bits of publicly available information. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Further, the team managed to reverse engineer whole Bloch wave functions from those same polarization measurements. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 Think about the end goal and reverse engineer each part of the buying journey with that in mind. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Of course, users still need to update their phones to have that safety, especially because news of a new zero day might inspire more hackers to reverse engineer how to get into any phone that’s running an older version of their operating system. NBC News, 14 Sep. 2021 That information, in turn, might allow researchers to reverse engineer the parts of spike that trigger production of these antibodies. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 18 Aug. 2021 The Pentagon is, of course, likely to develop its own offensive capabilities to reverse engineer, poison, and subvert adversaries’ AI systems, Lohn says. Will Knight, Wired, 19 July 2021 In his new book, Decoding Greatness, social psychologist Dr. Ron Friedman teaches various ways to reverse engineer everything from a chocolate chip cookie recipe to the personal computer. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, 6 July 2021 First reported by Bleeping Computer, the bug was discovered by reverse engineer Carl Schou, who started having problems when logging into a personal WiFi hotspot named %p%s%s%s%s%n on his iPhone running iOS 14.4.2. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of reverse engineer

1973, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Reverse engineer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverse engineer

: to study the parts of (something) to see how it was made and how it works so that you can make something that is like it


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