iteration

noun
it·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən \

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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Management tolerated above-the-line development and material costs on this iteration because of its being the first ES to be sold in Japan, after years of it being mostly a North American product. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 Proving the bow’s mass appeal, but skipping the tiny velvet iteration altogether, designer Clare Waight Keller introduced Super-sized bows for her couture collection for Givenchy today—her third for the brand. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kate Middleton Bow is Getting Supersized at Couture," 22 Jan. 2019 If the startup's iterations on its tech can accomplish the initial goal, its finished design should be able to gather trash twice as fast. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Project to Clean Up the Pacific Garbage Patch Is Literally Falling Apart," 8 Jan. 2019 Designers created iterations of the utilitarian sandals with platforms (like Anna Sui above) and iridescent straps. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 Sculptor Andy Bergholtz, who worked on the film, also shared several photos of the creatures, emphasizing that the designs were meant to represent just one iteration of the monsters, as every character saw something different. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Bird Box" Sculptor Reveals a Design for the Film's Unseen Monsters," 6 Jan. 2019 Samsung showed off a new iteration of its ultra-ultrawide monitor that started the trend, in addition to one that can be pushed back to sit perfectly flat against the wall. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 In addition to the standard Forza Motorsport racing games, now we also get treated to a new iteration of the more freeform Forza Horizon every couple of years. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Like other trends of recent years — fidget spinners, hoverboards — the flip-sequin trend will soon fizzle out, giving way to some new iteration of plastic. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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