reverse engineer
transitive verb Date: 1973 to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (as a product or device) to discover the concepts involved in manufacture usually in order to produce something similar • reverse engineering noun

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  • reverse-engineer — reverse engineering. /ri verrs en jeuh near /, v.t. to study or analyze (a device, as a microchip for computers) in order to learn details of design, construction, and operation, perhaps to produce a copy or an improved version. * * * reverse… …   Useful english dictionary

  • reverse engineer — reverse engineering UK US noun [U] ► PRODUCTION, IT the process of studying another company s product to see how it is made, sometimes in order to be able to copy it: »The software is then copied using a reverse engineering technique. »The… …   Financial and business terms

  • reverse-engineer — reverse′ engineer′ v. t. to study or analyze, to learn details of design and construction, as to produce a copy • Etymology: 1980–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • reverse-engineer — 1. verb To derive or duplicate the design, technical specifications, manufacturing methods, or functionality of an object by studying an existing product, prototype, etc …   Wiktionary

  • reverse-engineer — reverse engineering. /ri verrs en jeuh near /, v.t. to study or analyze (a device, as a microchip for computers) in order to learn details of design, construction, and operation, perhaps to produce a copy or an improved version. * * * …   Universalium

  • reverse-engineer — See: reverse engineering …   English dictionary

  • reverse engineer — transitive verb : to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (as a product or device) to discover the concepts involved in manufacture usually in order to produce something similar • reverse engineering noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • reverse-engineer — /rəˌvɜs ɛndʒəˈnɪə/ (say ruh.vers enjuh near) verb (t) to analyse the construction of (a product), especially as a preliminary to designing a similar product …   Australian English dictionary

  • Reverse engineering — is the process of discovering the technological principles of a device, object, or system through analysis of its structure, function, and operation. It often involves taking something (e.g., a mechanical device, electronic component, software… …   Wikipedia

  • reverse engineering — ➔ engineering * * * reverse engineering UK US noun [U] ► PRODUCTION, IT the process of studying another company s product to see how it is made, sometimes in order to be able to copy it: »The software is then copied using a reverse engineering… …   Financial and business terms

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