Sunday, June 13, 2010

RECYCLE! What does it mean?

re·cy·cle [ree-sahy-kuhl] verb, -cled, -cling, noun

–verb (used with object)
1.  to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: recycling paper to save trees.
2.  to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of: The old factory is being recycled as a theater.
3.  to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
4.  to cause to pass through a cycle again: to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
–verb (used without object)
5.  to pass through a cycle again; repeat a process from the beginning.
6.  to undergo reuse or renewal; be subject to or suitable for further use, activity, etc.: The industry will recycle and become profitable once more.
7.  the act or process of recycling.

1925–30; re-  + cycle

re·cy·cla·ble, adjective
re·cy·cla·bil·i·ty, noun
re·cy·cler, re·cy·clist, noun
non·re·cy·cla·ble, adjective
un·re·cy·cled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

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