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 The arms are cut with little repeating windows that allow the drug to gradually detach itself from the surrounding polymer matrix. Wired, "A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here's How It Works," 4 Dec. 2019 Wilczek has previously coined terms like axions, anyons (quasiparticles that may be useful for quantum computing) and time crystals (structures that move in regular and repeating patterns without using energy). Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of repeating

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of repeating was in 1824

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Repeating.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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