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

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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If nothing else, the transition to the 9th-gen mobile chips will help put to rest the confusion associated with the 8th-gen Core, which included multiple iterations of Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake chips. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel promises 9th-gen mobile Core processors will arrive 'very, very soon'," 20 Mar. 2019 Like so many of the Westworld hosts, Aketcheta has had multiple iterations., "Westworld Season 2, Episode 8: Forget What You Think You Know," 11 June 2018 Thanks to multiple iterations of a plastic protective mask covering his injury, Sixers star Joel Embiid returned to the court last night to help beat the Heat. Aubrey Nagle,, "Gun control debate hits Pa. House, apologies for men arrested at Starbucks | Morning Newsletter," 20 Apr. 2018 There's no word yet on the actresses cast to play Cher's multiple iterations. Emily Gaudette, Newsweek, "'The Cher Show' on Broadway Taps Bob Mackie for Costumes, Could Help Cher EGOT," 14 Mar. 2018 This period saw him develop some of his most famous designs: the Egg and Elephant chairs, the Puddle and Sphere tables, various iterations of the Persian and Vine lights. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 Around the same time, other Instagram-favorite fashion brands were releasing new iterations of the dress. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "We Found the Best Spring Dress Trend—And It's Under $150," 9 Apr. 2019 But besides that, the idea that food can be good or bad is all around us; Whole30 is just one iteration of diet culture’s ubiquitous messaging about food. Gray Chapman, SELF, "A Nightmare About Nachos Made Me Realize That Dieting Was Causing Me Food Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 Shank and Mountjoy were among 135 households serviced during this year’s iteration of WorkCamp, which involved about 830 teens. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Toting power saws and peanut butter sandwiches, teens rehab run-down homes," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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