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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Technically, Femail started in 2011—the first iteration of Femail at least. Teen Vogue, "Meet Femail Forever, the Brand Changing the Fashion Industry via Snail Mail," 10 Sep. 2019 That tied the club’s 2019 iteration with their 1998 and 2000 versions for the most double-digit homer hitters in franchise history. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Rangers score six in first, send Orioles to fourth straight loss, 9-4," 8 Sep. 2019 The largest iteration of Audrey II squats upon the stage like a mammoth, leprous frog — a spectacle that is practically worth the price of admission all by itself. Don Aucoin,, "Lyric Stage’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a garden of grisly delights," 6 Sep. 2019 So this could potentially hint at further iterations of retro gaming updates to come...eventually. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Nintendo Fan Than Now," 5 Sep. 2019 This iteration will feature VOLTA Football, a series-first mode that offers a riff on the classic 11 vs. 11 gameplay in order to focus on smaller street games with fewer players. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "FIFA 20 is headed to the field on Sept. 27; you can preorder it right now," 4 Sep. 2019 Widely circulated iterations on that software, and continuing progress on image manipulation from artificial intelligence labs, have made deepfake technology steadily better and more accessible. Wired, "Forget Politics. For Now, Deepfakes Are for Bullies," 4 Sep. 2019 Women’s Professional Soccer, a second iteration of women’s pro soccer in the United States, folded after three seasons as well. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "National Women’s Soccer League enters new era with U.S. Soccer’s role in league set to change," 3 Sep. 2019 Going forward, Electronic Arts, which produces the popular Madden NFL video game, is mulling whether Zebra's data would be useful for future iterations of the video game. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "How the NFL—not the NSA—is impacting data gathering well beyond the gridiron," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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