re·​peat·​ing | \ ri-ˈpē-tiŋ How to pronounce repeating (audio) \

Definition of repeating

of a firearm
: designed to load cartridges from a magazine

Examples of repeating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over time, a repeating set of threats and remediation patterns will begin to emerge. Altaz Valani, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 These repeating style elements are the key to successfully combining multiple decorating styles. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Apr. 2022 For example, any crystal, whether a granule of table salt or a diamond necklace, is just a bunch of atoms arranged in a repeating pattern. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2022 The new work, done by a large international team, involved following up on the discovery of another repeating FRB source, called FRB 20200120E. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2022 Upstairs are 418 rooms on 17 floors renovated with oak floors and a custom retro wallpaper scheme featuring a repeating pattern of a cable car, the Golden Gate Bridge and a searchlight on the Bay. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2022 Porche decided on a repeating pattern of tiles edged in grass. Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2022 In Warren, the gun magazine — an ammunition storage and feeding device for a repeating firearm — was reportedly found at the school after police arrested the teen. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2022 Its full name is Toile de Jouy, and the wallpaper pattern features a repeating motif with a pastoral theme of water scenes and country living. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of repeating

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Repeating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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