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

Examples of iteration in a Sentence

your constant iteration of the same piddling complaints is wearing thin
Recent Examples on the Web The second iteration of the program, which will run from Oct. 22-Jan 23, is backed by Sony Pictures Television (SPT). K.j. Yossman, Variety, 8 Aug. 2022 The latest iteration of the Lenovo Smart Clock Essential swaps out Google Assistant for Alexa, but keeps the low price and many of the smart features. Christian De Looper, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 This iteration, scheduled for Aug. 13 at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, marks the event’s first live occurrence after a two-year COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2022 Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Reyn Doi and Sam Morelos also star in the upcoming iteration, which does not yet have a release date. Dory Jackson,, 26 July 2022 While the two bands share plenty of history–Corgan and the Pumpkins headlined the 1994 iteration of Lollapalooza, for one–they’re not necessarily obvious tour mates. Richard Bienstock, SPIN, 25 July 2022 This 2022 iteration of Phoenix Rising, so disappointing through half the season, suddenly looked a lot like the Phoenix Rising of old. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 23 July 2022 Airspace Link's original iteration, dubbed the Airbus Connected Cabin, included cameras installed outside the airplane bathrooms, designed to communicate information on how many people were waiting in line. Francesca Street, CNN, 15 July 2022 The most recent iteration, the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EAR AR +3.4%N) Act, sailed through the Senate Finance Committee on June 22 on a vote of 28 to 0. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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12 Aug 2022

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“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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