Dictionary.com defines it as:

The process of analysing an existing
system to identify its components and their interrelationships
and create representations of the system in another form or at
a higher level of abstraction. Reverse engineering is usually
undertaken in order to redesign the system for better
maintainability or to produce a copy of a system without
access to the design from which it was originally produced
Bill Gates reverse engineered the Macintosh 1986 OS to create windows '95. < that is an example of reverse engineering
by MistahTom April 19, 2006

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