reverse engineering

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reverse engineering

a situation where a firm obtains a competitor's product so as to disassemble it and from the resultant component analysis decide how to build a similar product.
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Other students in King's class reverse-engineered a similar project with the goal of creating an incontinence device that can be easily controlled by patients with disabilities.
and Russia--stolen, reverse-engineered and otherwise obtained--to advance its program with its obvious military applications.
Custom parts for HMS cars are about 80 percent forward-engineered and 20 percent reverse-engineered. According to Jim Wall, engineering group manager for HMS, "Modifying or creating a part that gives us an edge on our competition is our highest priority.
For example, Tensor notes that the 53 parts that needed to be reverse-engineered to build the 1400 amount to just 10% of all the parts in the press.
Using the ANSI three-schema architecture paradigm, Figure 4 shows the relationship of the reverse-engineered logical view (logical) to the physical and user (external) views of the target environment.