cannibalize


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cannibalize

[′kan·ə·bə‚līz]
(engineering)
To remove parts from one piece of equipment and use them to replace like, defective parts in a similar piece of equipment in order to keep the latter operational.

cannibalize

To take out parts or components from one aircraft to service another and make it operational.
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The more barriers provided, the less the amount of space was available per larva, and thus as crowding increased, it became easier for the larvae to meet and cannibalize. Therefore, the increased use of paper barriers caused the rate of cannibalism to increase.
You will cannibalize all the money from other existing accounts.
candidate of University of Houston, the report, "Wine Promotions in Restaurants: Do Beverage Sales Contribute or Cannibalize?" suggests, "Given the 200 to 300% margins on restaurant wine sales, we believe that restaurateurs would like to know how on-site promotions might increase wine sales."
In the present experiments we investigated cannibalistic tendencies among equally sized pairs of unfed hatchlings and provided them no choice other than to cannibalize or to die from starvation.
The bank's global beer industry report opines that the rapid growth of RTDs is likely to destroy any potential increase in beer market volumes in Australasia in 2002, as they cannibalize beer volumes.
"It also allows us to plan our lead times accordingly and helps ensure that we don't stock out of promoted items or cannibalize our existing product lines."
Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz told Reuters that he doesn't expect the company's packaged coffee beans to cannibalize sales at its retail outlets.
"Business leaders have rationalized that sales generated through their Web site will cannibalize sales that they otherwise would have captured in their traditional channel, negating the value of their Internet investment," said Ken Cassar, a senior analyst with Jupiter's Digital Commerce Strategies group.
"It's not as complicated as it seems," said a C&W spokesperson, "will the big push into the consumer market cannibalize our ISP business?
"It's not worth the discount to let them cannibalize my customer base," she says.
("After all," you can almost hear them saying under their breath, "they don't have the same regard for human life that we do.") The same set of assumptions is operating here, that dark people are beyond the pale, that they can't help but cannibalize their own kind, and that the best thing is to cut them loose.
"This product tastes so unlike any other Anheuser-Busch product - least of all Budweiser - that I don't think Golden Draft will cannibalize sales," Goughenour noted.