iteration

noun
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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Vivaldi’s latest iteration of its eponymous web browser has added even more drag-and-drop flexibility, allowing you to rearrange tabs and icons (mostly) to your heart’s content. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry," 27 Mar. 2019 For example, the Christian Louboutin Paloma bag still features the same structural design and the brand’s signature red lining, but this latest iteration gets an embellished facelift with a sweet floral motif. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 2019 Maybe the biggest news, though, is that this latest iteration to the midrange G series line features a notch. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Moto G7 Play will have a notch and a much smaller battery," 26 Nov. 2018 With that feedback in mind, the story team moved forward with new iterations of the idea. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 China's Tiangong project is a work in progress, with the first iteration, a prototype called Tiangong-1, that spectacularly fell to Earth after China’s space agency lost control of it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Our First Look at China's New Space Station," 7 Nov. 2018 So Razer is at it again with the second iteration of its phone that’s dedicated to the idea that people want the smartphone equivalent of a high-end PC with gaming specs. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine," 22 Oct. 2018 The glass will have a negative effect on temperature control as well, which has been reworked with this iteration. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018 Portrait Mode will also be available with the single camera system, unlike with previous iterations of non-Plus phones. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Apple Event 2018 Live Blog: iPhone Updates, Announcements, and More," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near iteration

iterant

iterate

iterated integral

iteration

iterative

ITF

it figures

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