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 for reverse engineering
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  reverse engineering
  
      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.
  
     For example, one might take the executable code of a computer
     program, run it to study how it behaved with different inputs and
     then attempt to write a program which behaved identically (or
     better).  An integrated circuit might also be reverse engineered
     by an unscrupulous company wishing to make unlicensed copies of a
     popular chip.
  
     (1995-10-06)
  

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