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
Recent Examples on the Web This year's iteration of the Houston music festival, Saturday at NRG Park, sold out in mid-October, despite not having a lineup announced. Jordan Ray, Houston Chronicle, "People are freaking out that Astroworld Festival's lineup hasn't dropped (yet)," 8 Nov. 2019 Each iteration of Cracked — from the food truck, to the first bricks and mortar location, to the new Wicker Park restaurant — has seen a growth in the menu. Grace Wong,, "Grab-and-go breakfast in Wicker Park, a new West Loop bar, plus more Chicago restaurant openings and closings," 6 Nov. 2019 For instance, some iterations on Instagram feature glitter for a festive vibe, while other styles are rainbow or have chunky flecks of sparkle underneath the matte topcoat. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "“Sea Glass Nails” Are Here, and They’re Just as Pretty as They Sound," 6 Nov. 2019 Hamaya offers soba iterations with yushi tofu (tofu that hasn’t been pressed and formed), tebichi (pig’s trotters), or san-mai niku (three-layered pork). Katherine Lagrave, Bon Appétit, "An Okinawa Childhood Spent With a Snorkel and Bowls of Soba," 6 Nov. 2019 The front wing is much simpler than current iterations, and the rear wing has actually grown compared to those now in action. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1 gets radical new rules for 2021, plus a budget cap," 4 Nov. 2019 Today, investors are expressing hesitance about the fund’s second iteration, which SoftBank hopes to make even bigger than the first. Los Angeles Times, "SoftBank takes control of WeWork as part of bailout; Adam Neumann leaves board," 22 Oct. 2019 This mighty device comes in two iterations: the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, with a $100 difference between the versions. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Google's Stadia gaming service lands on Nov. 19," 15 Oct. 2019 In the first iteration of readily available Ultimate Team, Ronaldo began life as a 93-rated right winger., "FIFA 20: Cristiano Ronaldo's FUT Card Through the Years," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2019

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

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