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 Bionic Pets' Campana says the rapid iteration afforded by 3D printing is especially beneficial for younger animals, since the patient may need many devices as its body grows. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Pet Prosthetics Get a Boost From 3D Printing," 21 Dec. 2020 Campbell, 70, is also a member of the current iteration of Fleetwood Mac. Gary Graff, cleveland, "‘Dirty Knobs’ frontman Mike Campbell relishes new role, and past with Tom Petty," 20 Nov. 2020 Bob Lord, a senior VP at IBM, provided an example of product iteration in action. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How to succeed in the subscriptions business," 18 Nov. 2020 After eight years of iteration, Jumia’s delivery arm now consists of a network of over 300 courier partners and proprietary technology for tracking optimal delivery routes, inventory, and payments. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "After fintech, Jumia is betting on spinning off its logistics arm to deliver profits," 6 Nov. 2020 The first iteration of the Iron Bowl of basketball is at Auburn on January 9, and the second will close out the regular season on March 2 at Alabama. Giana Han, al, "SEC announces league’s basketball schedule," 6 Nov. 2020 Years of menu iteration have paid off with the best navigation between friends lists, parties, game libraries, stores, and more on any console to date. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X/S review: Beautiful, powerful—but whatcha gonna play?," 5 Nov. 2020 Sort of the anti-modern iteration of a linen sheet, these transported us to an effortlessly stylish summer chateau in Provence — luxurious without trying too hard. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best linen sheets of 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 This iteration of the restaurant, which continues to do catering, is take-out service only at 1417 Commerce Ave. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Kountry Kitchen, Rusted Silo back in action to serve customers," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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20 Jan 2021

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“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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