What does cannibalize mean?

cannibalize meaning in General Dictionary

identical to cannibalise

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  • consume man skin
  • usage elements of one thing to fix something different

cannibalize meaning in Law Dictionary

Use (a machine) as a source of spare components for another, similar machine.

cannibalize meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1798 (in Burke's memoirs), figurative, and meaning "be perverted into cannibalism," from cannibal + -ize. Indicating "take components from building and make use of all of them in another" is from 1943, originally of armed forces gear. Associated: Cannibalized; cannibalizing.

cannibalize meaning in Business Dictionary

Stripping a machine or gear of usable components, to keep the same or comparable device in working order.