it·​er·​a·​tion ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce iteration (audio)
: version, incarnation
the latest iteration of the operating system
: the action or a process of iterating or repeating: such as
: a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result
: the repetition of a sequence of computer instructions a specified number of times or until a condition is met compare recursion
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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it·​er·​a·​tion ˌit-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce iteration (audio)
: repetition
especially : a computational process in which a series of operations is repeated a number of times

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