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 The look is the latest iteration of what might be called botanist chic: banana-leaf wallpaper, living walls, flourishes of design meant to give even the most drab rooms the humid lushness of the jungle. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Dark Side of the Houseplant Boom," 20 Apr. 2021 Note that our original guiding principles, of which the new version is an iteration, was what created our sustainability department. Jeff Fromm, Forbes, "How Sustainability Shifts Can Save The Ski Industry With Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company," 8 Apr. 2021 Women have been doing this since the history of women in media, this is just the latest iteration of it. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "The Good, the Bad, and the Very Surprising of Mom Influencing," 8 Apr. 2021 Global health is the newest depoliticized and dehistoricized iteration of colonial medicine. Christopher Jackson, Scientific American, "We Must Enhance—but also Decolonize—America’s Global Health Diplomacy," 5 Apr. 2021 In its latest iteration, the plan calls for creating 11 diversions along the Louisiana coastline. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast," 22 Apr. 2021 Desert X is a biennial event, and little did its organizers know that the year of its third iteration, 2021, would be the most perfect year for outdoor art exhibitions. Erin Berger, Outside Online, "Desert X Is the Artsiest Drive in the U.S.," 17 Apr. 2021 Renovations will take place to transform the location into its new iteration, both inside and out. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seafood restaurant Crab Du Jour plans to open its second Milwaukee area location in Greenfield," 14 Apr. 2021 The digital transformation is in its third iteration, and S4C is perfectly positioned to benefit from this. Avi Dan, Forbes, "How Sir Martin Sorrell Hijacked The Radical Revolution In Advertising," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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8 May 2021

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“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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