it·er·a·tion | \ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of iteration 

1 : the action or a process of iterating or repeating: such as

a : a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result

b : the repetition of a sequence of computer instructions a specified number of times or until a condition is met — compare recursion

2 : one execution of a sequence of operations or instructions in an iteration

3 : version, incarnation the latest iteration of the operating system

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Examples of iteration in a Sentence

your constant iteration of the same piddling complaints is wearing thin

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The proposals might go through several iterations before being presented to the Baltimore County Board of Education. Cody Boteler,, "Possible fixes for Baltimore County high school overcrowding include new construction, 'aggressively' using space," 11 July 2018 Before showing the video - which will be seen in different iterations in television advertisements - Vitti noted the importance of Big Sean's involvement. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit schools reveal new logo, branding campaign," 21 June 2018 In previous iterations of Southwest's big sales from earlier this decade, the airline pegged fares to mileage thresholds. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "72-hour sale: Southwest fares fall below $100 round trip," 5 June 2018 In many former iterations of the Here & Now program, Miami Light Project has boosted artists who have already been visible in Miami’s art scene. Catherine Annie Hollingsworth, miamiherald, "New voices showcased in Miami Light Project's Here & Now: 2018," 3 June 2018 One of Cristobal Balenciaga’s signature looks, a structural, nun-like hood of a hat, has appeared in multiple iterations for the designer’s fashion line. Cady Lang, Time, "15 Times Catholicism Inspired Iconic Fashion Moments," 4 May 2018 Mason's Angela Perkins has survived so far in both iterations of the Naviti tribe to date. Rasputin Todd,, "Who was voted off 'Survivor' this week? Did Mason woman advance?," 28 Mar. 2018 The three-layer confection was covered in saccharine iterations of different Fenty products, including the Dirty Thirty compact and her cult-favorite Shimmer Sticks. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Launches Limited-Edition Highlighter for Rihanna's Birthday," 21 Feb. 2018 This fiscal year, the library will offer five iterations of the program at the Free Library’s Parkway Central Library, and four at neighborhood branches. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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