from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To use again, especially after salvaging or special treatment or processing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To use again.
  • noun Repeated use; use a second time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of salvaging or in some manner returning a discarded item into something usable.
  • noun computing code re-use indicates splitting program code into modules or classes so it can be re-used by other programs. data re-use refers to legal rights to re-use for publication, data that one has downloaded or licensed from a third party.
  • verb To use something that is considered past its usefulness, again (usually for something else).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb use again after processing


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  • Copying source code in whole or in part falls under the term reuse; modifying source code makes it a derivative work.

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  • We have to look for someone who can formulate strategic goals -- and I'm going to have to use the term reuse -- to reuse what is there now, and federate what is there now, and federate with as light a touch as possible.

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  • Google wasn't the only violator the FSC found in its look at what it describes as the reuse-which could mean linking to a news article and using some of the same words in a headline and lede paragraph-during the 30-day period between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15.


  • The most powerful form of reuse is full reuse – i.e. not just code and design, but all aspects of process.

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  • By default, as the law stands now, when you use any such service you're agreeing not to publish a derivative work based on it without permission, unless your reuse is sufficiently transformative.


  • In the waste hierarchy (look it up in Wikipedia), reuse is superior to recycling.

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  • Building reuse is often overshadowed by the long green shadow of new high performance architecture.

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  • Consuming new products IS NOT GREEN, especially when reuse is an option.

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  • Of course the cups could be reused, however reuse is currently not a realistic option since they are sold in environments where disposable products are used (baseball stadium).

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  • CC facilitated the distribution and reuse from a copyright management point of view for sure, but it was Doctorow's charisma that propelled it forward.

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