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 For now, think of the current iteration split into three sectors. Alexander Fernandez, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Initial versions of the 2022 iteration will come in four flavors—SE, Autobiography, First Edition and the aforementioned SV. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 But that hasn’t precluded him from some early takeaways of the current iteration of linebackers. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 Kolb spoke of the current iteration of the Fashion Calendar, which was rebranded this year to the American Collections Calendar, tracking all American designers no matter their show location. Vogue, 6 Mar. 2022 Deadline first reported the news of this new iteration with Jordan. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Apple is actually in tablets (and smartwatches) for the long haul, and today's iPads and iPadOS are the result of 12 years of continual iteration and a significant dedication of resources. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 Shoppers rave about the effects of Pura D'Or's iteration. Rachel Nussbaum,, 9 Dec. 2021 Auburn’s preseason exhibition against Southern Indiana will be more than just a preview of the 2021-22 iteration of the Tigers on the hardwood. Tom Green |, al, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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8 May 2022

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“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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