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.
The purpose of this experiment was to test if the tendency to cannibalize varied among spiderlings from different eggsacs.
To complete the cannibalization story requires development of economic curves that depict how an item will cannibalize its segment based on the number of like items in the segment.
Variable annuity providers need to find new customers rather than cannibalize clients of competitors, according to a report by Conning & Co.
Black snow drifts down, and the few irradiated survivors cannibalize one another.
The portable/mobile long form video market will not likely cannibalize sales from the DVD and other traditional markets, but rather, supplement top-line growth.
Our numbers studies show that IMAX does not cannibalize but actually maximizes revenue,'' Gelfond said.
If we opt to cannibalize the innocent in our craven quest for a secular paradise, we and future generations may find ourselves "adrift" for centuries and witness absolutely hideous abuses of human beings in our embattled civilization.
The architects borrow and cannibalize physical fragments - including bits of walls and pavements, familiar elements throughout the city - to create a fictitious, oneiric topography that will eventually merge with the planting and new construction.
There is "a double whammy," Hu said, as "an online competitor will cannibalize your business" but in response, companies move offline business online and cut into their own business by offering online discounts.
While this strategy will cannibalize existing narrow-band subscriber revenue; however, Fitch recognizes that these customers are being increasingly poached by competitors.
I'm not scared of cannibalizing our business, because I'd rather we cannibalize our own business than let someone else do it.