recursive

adjective
re·​cur·​sive | \ ri-ˈkər-siv How to pronounce recursive (audio) \

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

recursively adverb
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. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Solved: Why in-the-wild Bluekeep exploits are causing patched machines to crash," 11 Nov. 2019 The team behind Zcash discovered a recursive method to verify private transactions at scale. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What China could gain from a digital yuan," 19 Sep. 2019 Gidney expects that his method will work for adapting many classical recursive algorithms to quantum computers. Quanta Magazine, "A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum Computers," 24 Apr. 2019 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. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Really dumb malware targets cryptocurrency fans using Macs," 3 July 2018 The most thrilling thing about An Homage to Hollis Benton is its recursive nature. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 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. Quanta Magazine, "In Natural Networks, Strength in Loops," 14 Aug. 2013 This recursive structure allows us to generate sentences of potentially infinite length. Quanta Magazine, "The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight," 17 Apr. 2019 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. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Really dumb malware targets cryptocurrency fans using Macs," 3 July 2018

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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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The first known use of recursive was in 1934

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Recursive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recursively. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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