recursive

re·​cur·​sive | \ ri-ˈkər-siv \

Definition of recursive

1 : of, relating to, or involving recursion a recursive function in a computer program
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a procedure that can repeat itself indefinitely a recursive rule in a grammar

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Other Words from recursive

recursiveness noun

Examples of recursive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the kernel got stuck in a recursive loop until the system finally crashed. The team behind Zcash discovered a recursive method to verify private transactions at scale. Gidney expects that his method will work for adapting many classical recursive algorithms to quantum computers. The script's backdoor code, as Wardle noted, is a recursive Python command-line call with a hard-coded IP address for the connection that uses port 1337—an obvious leetspeak joke. The most thrilling thing about An Homage to Hollis Benton is its recursive nature. As Marcelo Magnasco, a physicist at Rockefeller University, points out, the Eiffel Tower is a clear example of loop construction, designed to maximize the distribution of strain across its recursive frame. This recursive structure allows us to generate sentences of potentially infinite length. The script's backdoor code, as Wardle noted, is a recursive Python command-line call with a hard-coded IP address for the connection that uses port 1337—an obvious leetspeak joke.

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First Known Use of recursive

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recursive

earlier, "recurring repeatedly," from Latin recursus, past participle of recurrere "to run back, run in the opposite direction, return" + -ive; in given senses as translation of German rekurrent or rekursiv — more at recur

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Time Traveler for recursive

The first known use of recursive was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Recursive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recursive?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=recurs02. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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