What's the word/phrase to indicate that applicability of something has been changed. For example in a given scenario, how to announce " enjoy tool "A" in its new application" in the form of "---- of tool "A"".

  • You mean an -"update"?
    – user66974
    Feb 25, 2016 at 7:09
  • @Josh61, No! For example, using a knife for fixing a car! It emphasizes on innovation, novel perspective to turn something useful into another useful thing. Of course, there are strong theoretical reasons that support the idea.
    – Eilia
    Feb 25, 2016 at 7:18

5 Answers 5


Consider reimagine.

Merriam-Webster defines it as:

to imagine again or anew; especially : to form a new conception of

Wiktionary suggests a similar meaning

To imagine or conceive something in a new way


Presenting the reimagined version of Tool A

A complete reimagination of ToolA


How about retool?

  1. To fit out (a factory, for example) with a new set of machinery and tools for making a different product.

  2. (Chiefly AmEng) To revise and reorganize, especially for the purpose of updating or improving. AHD

Enjoy "A" in its retooled application.


If you change applicability of something, it usually improves or upgrades the applicability.

You could consider using "upgraded version". To upgrade means:

Raise (something) to a higher standard, in particular improve (equipment or machinery) by adding or replacing components

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

  • I don't think this fits the bill
    – NVZ
    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:17
  • @NVZ Can you elaborate? The question doesn't have anything to support your suggestion.
    – user140086
    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:19

Consider Upcycle

I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.

It basically means to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Also see: Upcycling vs Recycling.There's a subtle difference.

These words may be found useful, although not perfectly - repurposing, re-engineering, redoing, remodeling, renovating, revising, re-implementing.


Off label use is a widely understood humorous euphemism.

There are some others used by tradesmen that have escaped the narrow confines of their trade.

"Birmingham screwdriver" for a hammer, and by extension, any abusive tool misuse borne of necessity or laziness.

When you hold on to a found object, utensil, or part be cause it just happens to perform some odd job perfectly, it becomes "special tool #39" (or some other number). There is a folk etymology suggesting this came from an automotive tool kit that came with an empty slot.

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