from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of iterating; repetition.
  • n. Mathematics A computational procedure in which a cycle of operations is repeated, often to approximate the desired result more closely.
  • n. Computer Science The process of repeating a set of instructions a specified number of times or until a specific result is achieved.
  • n. Computer Science One cycle of a set of instructions to be repeated: After ten iterations, the program exited the loop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Recital or performance a second time; repetition.
  • n. the use of repetition in a computer program, especially in the form of a loop
  • n. a single repetition of the code within such a repetitive process
  • n. A variation of a design.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Recital or performance a second time; repetition.
  • n. The execution of a statement or series of statements in a loop which is repeated in a computer program

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A saying or doing again, or over and over again; repetition; repeated utterance or occurrence.
  • In mathematics, the repetition of an operation upon the product of that operation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (computer science) executing the same set of instructions a given number of times or until a specified result is obtained
  • n. doing or saying again; a repeated performance
  • n. (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated


From Latin iterātiō, from iterō. (Wiktionary)



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