rewrite

(redirected from rewritable)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

rewrite the history books

1. To create a false narrative about how a historical event happened so as to promote one's own personal agenda or beliefs. The government is being accused of rewriting the history books by instructing schools to use textbooks that paint its formation 200 years ago (and the subsequent decimation of the indigenous population here) in a more positive light.
2. To achieve a level of success that sets a new record or goes against a history of performing poorly. Used especially in reference to sports. After missing out on the playoffs for nearly 50 years in a row, the team has been on a huge winning streak this season, and it has a chance to rewrite the history books by not only making the playoffs, but winning the whole championship. The up-and-coming player is rewriting the history books with his stunning debut year on the field.
See also: book, history, rewrite

rewrite history

1. To create a false narrative about how a historical event happened so as to promote one's own personal agenda or beliefs. The government is being accused of rewriting history by instructing schools to use textbooks that paint its formation 200 years ago (and the subsequent decimation of the indigenous population here) in a more positive light.
2. To achieve a level of success that sets a new record or goes against a history of performing poorly. Used especially in reference to sports. After missing out on the playoffs for nearly 50 years in a row, the team has been on a huge winning streak this season, and it has a chance to rewrite history by not only making the playoffs, but winning the whole championship. The up-and-coming player is rewriting history with his stunning debut year on the field.
See also: history, rewrite

rewrite the record books

To achieve a level of success that sets a new record or goes against a history of performing poorly. Used especially in reference to sports. After missing out on the playoffs for nearly 50 years in a row, the team has been on a huge winning streak this season, and it has a chance to rewrite the record books by not only making the playoffs, but winning the whole championship. The up-and-coming player is rewriting the record books with his stunning debut year on the field.
See also: book, record, rewrite

rewrite history

If someone rewrites history, they try to make people believe that something happened in a particular way, when that is not the truth. They were good at rewriting history when such a process suited them. As Orwell pointed out, history can be and often is rewritten to suit the needs of the present. Note: This expression is used to express disapproval.
See also: history, rewrite

rewrite the record books

If a sportsperson rewrites the record books, they break a record or several records. This extraordinary West Country team have rewritten all the record books in the past three years. Kournikova is poised to rewrite the tennis history books.
See also: book, record, rewrite

rewrite history

select or interpret events from the past in a way that suits your own particular purposes.
See also: history, rewrite

rewrite the record books

(of a sports player) break a record or several records.
See also: book, record, rewrite
References in periodicals archive ?
"The positive price/value relationship for rewritable technology is clearly in the CD business right now.
Included are high-density rewritable disks, optical tape, volume holographic storage and electron trapping.
Curran also said his company intends to be among the first to introduce a rewritable DVD drive, known as DVD-RAM, in 1998.
Rewritable optical drives and their CDs come in two sizes.
It works 100 times faster and is rewritable about 100,000 times," said the study's lead author, Ming Xu, a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Johns Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering.
Applications of the new material include display type units such as rewritable or reusable signage, posters, papers and labels, and other magnetically activated security features.
The new drive (model BWU-100A) supports up to 50 GB of data on BD-R (write once) or BD-RE (rewritable) discs or up to four hours of high-definition video using HDV 1080i on a BD-RE 50GB disc.
The new certified standard, reportedly known as ISO/IEC 17345, specifies the mechanical, physical and optical characteristics of Rewritable and true Write Once, 30GB UDO media.
The organization also has more feature and performance plans they are working on that you'll be seeing over the next few years (speed increases and rewritable DVD).
One is a rewritable device, in which one of the electrodes acts as a pen.
HP (NYSE:HPQ) has announced a new series of notebook PCs with DVD+R/+RW drives and four HP Pavilion desktop PCs with rewritable CD or DVD drives, all of which are ideal for enjoying digital music and editing photos or videos.
Paired with ASACA's modular system, capable of housing up to 11,600 double-sided 9.4GB rewritable and/or write-once DVD discs, the JAVA-based software provides TeraCart users with improved caching and scheduling algorithms or techniques for enhanced data transaction performance.
* Rewritable DVD and CD drives: Rewritable optical drives are replacing other auxiliary storage media, including Zip and Jaz drives, and in some cases tape backup drives.
If you want to go with a hardware option for file storage and backup, check out the Iomega Zip and Jaz drives (www.iomega.com) or a CD-RW (Rewritable) drive like the Ricoh MP7120A or the Toshiba SD-R1002.
Last year, Pioneer launched the first DVD-RW rewritable DVD in Japan, and a wide variety of quality DVD players.