from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of reentering.
  • n. Law The recovery of possession under a right reserved in a previous property transaction.
  • n. Games The act of regaining the lead by taking a trick in bridge and whist.
  • n. Games The card that will take a trick and thus regain the lead.
  • n. Aerospace The return of a missile or spacecraft into Earth's atmosphere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of reentering.
  • n. The return of a spacecraft into the atmosphere.
  • n. The reactivation of (a region of) myocardial tissue by a single, returning impulse
  • n. A resuming or retaking possession of what one has lately foregone, especially land; the entry by a lessor upon the premises leased, on failure of the tenant to pay rent or perform the covenants in the lease.


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  • my return to Palo Alto was a shock. The French and Italians have a word for the psychological sate; it is called "the reentry" since it is their custom for the entire country to shut down, so to speak, while everyone takes an extended vacation."

    Charles Rowan Beye, My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), p. 150

    March 6, 2016