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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Adidas Love Unites Collection Adidas is kicking off Pride with a new iteration of its Love Unites collection–a global call for people to come together in recognition of the progress made since the Stonewall Riots. James Love, Essence, "Happy Pride Month! Celebrate Love And Inclusivity With These Fire Collaborations," 7 June 2019 For the XPS 13 2-in-1, Dell uses a second iteration of the keyboard that’s slightly quieter than the original MagLev. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 gets thinner and 2.5x faster with Intel's 10th Core i7," 28 May 2019 Sure! Those people theoretically exist, but previous iterations of this trend suggest that perhaps there aren't very many of them anymore. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Keyboard Phone Just Will Not Die," 28 Feb. 2019 Avid Apple Watch Series 3 users will recognize the similarities and differences between the series 4 and the previous iterations of the watch pretty quickly. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried the Apple Watch Series 4 for a Week—Here’s What I Loved About It," 19 Sep. 2018 Take a grain that’s common in both whole and refined iterations: wheat. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Are Refined Carbs?," 18 May 2019 Think coffee in every possible iteration, from drip to pour-over, single-origin to exclusive blends. Charles Passy, WSJ, "At Hudson Yards, Coffee Sellers Will Grind It Out," 14 Mar. 2019 The latest iteration, Farming Simulator 19, sold over one million copies in its first ten days. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 And all these different little iterations that people started to spawn out. Eric Johnson, Recode, "General Magic tried to invent a smartphone in the 1990s. This is why it failed.," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of iteration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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