from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trial heat, especially in rowing, allowing competitors who have already lost a heat another chance to qualify for the semifinals.
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- n. A heat (as in rowing or fencing) in which the best competitors who have lost in a previous round compete for a place or places yet left in the next round.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race
French repêchage, rescuing, repechage, from repêcher, to finish up again, rescue : re-, again (from Old French; see re-) + pêcher, to fish for (from Old French pescher, from Vulgar Latin *piscāre, from Latin piscārī; see piscatorial).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French repêchage, from repêcher ("to fish out, rescue"), from re- + pêcher ("to fish"). (Wiktionary)