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 Thankfully, SoulCycle, the boutique spinning studio with locations all over the world, has launched an outdoor iteration of its cult-favorite workout, aptly named SoulOutside, to both reunite its fans and welcome new riders. Travel + Leisure, "SoulCycle Just Launched Outdoor Classes Across the U.S. — and They'll Make You Feel Like You're Back in the Studio," 6 Aug. 2020 RespectAbility is working on a second iteration of its toolkit, expanding the number of disabilities for which the group gives industry guidance. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disability Representation Sees Some Onscreen Gains As Inclusion Efforts Grow," 5 Aug. 2020 The video garnered over 423,000 views and birthed one monstrous iteration after the next. Jason Parham, Wired, "TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface," 4 Aug. 2020 Democrats, for instance, have been preparing for a digital iteration for much of the summer, when 300 people are expected to converge on Milwaukee from Aug.17-20. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Media lockout at Republican convention spurs concern among GOP faithful," 3 Aug. 2020 Billie Eilish wore a designer iteration, Tana Mongeau paired hers with a string bikini, and fashion influencers are leaning into trendy masks dripping in chains. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande’s Sunglasses and Face Mask Combo is a Summer 2020 MOOD," 3 Aug. 2020 No matter, the socialists who dominate the City Council passed a new iteration this week that’s more than... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Seattle’s Tax on Job Creation," 10 July 2020 Kanye West is bringing a new iteration of his renowned Yeezy line to Gap stores starting in 2021, the brand announced today. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kanye West's Yeezy Line Is Headed to Gap," 26 June 2020 But before seeing any real long-term success, Hash underwent the first iteration of Teknique Agency and eventually lost everything. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Black-Owned Agency Is Putting Black Beauty Creatives On The Map," 24 June 2020

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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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11 Aug 2020

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“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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