it·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce iteration (audio) \

Definition of iteration

1 : version, incarnation the latest iteration of the operating system
2 : 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
3 : one execution of a sequence of operations or instructions in an iteration

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Examples of iteration in a Sentence

your constant iteration of the same piddling complaints is wearing thin
Recent Examples on the Web At heart, the M5 remains a BMW 5-series, the latest iteration of which has grown more livable than ever. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 9 July 2021 How the latest iteration of Abbott’s border mission will work isn’t clear. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2021 To Jennifer Bonjean, a lawyer who was part of the latest iteration of Cosby’s frequently changing post-conviction legal team, that distinction is unhelpful. Janell Ross, Time, 7 July 2021 Gates, the member of the board of supervisors in Phoenix, can see the latest iteration of that from his office., 4 July 2021 Delta, the latest iteration, is about half again as transmissible as B.1.1.7 or Alpha. Maggie Fox, CNN, 30 June 2021 Lamborghini has been making racers based on the supercar for seven years now, but the latest iteration shows that the automaker isn’t afraid to shake things up and take some chances. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 May 2021 The latest iteration trails a new generation of female filmmakers directing a feature film. Andrea Towers,, 18 May 2021 The latest iteration of House Bill 3065 stipulates Oregon is pursuing congestion pricing as a means to reduce traffic on Portland-area freeways and raise revenue to pay for freeway and other projects. oregonlive, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of iteration was in the 15th century

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19 Jul 2021

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“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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