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 fast radio bursts known to have a repeating pattern that occurs every 16 days, while the other occurs every 157 days. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The year 2020 in space discoveries," 24 Dec. 2020 Something with a repeating motif, like a geometric pattern, does double-duty in places like the family room: A visually interesting pattern will keep things cheerful and help hide any wear and tear that might appear over the years. Angela Serratore, Country Living, "6 Important Things To Remember Before Rug Shopping," 14 Sep. 2020 But the existence of repeating sources suggests that at least some of them are produced by an object that survives the event. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We finally know what has been making fast radio bursts," 4 Nov. 2020 The repeating bright colors of candy wrappers makes for a challenging puzzle to create a delicious image. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "15 puzzles to buy online before they sell out again," 27 Oct. 2020 This figure does not include repeating treatments as forests regrow, which will be required in many areas to eventually restore a natural fire regime. Popular Science, "Healthy forests do more than just prevent wildfires," 19 Oct. 2020 There’s no echo on the song to create that effect, just multiple delays—a repeating technique. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Making of Queen’s Stadium Anthem ‘We Will Rock You’," 30 Sep. 2020 Offers non-repeating sound that's rich and immersive. Lauren Corona,, "The best sound machine of 2020," 26 Sep. 2020 Rugs with a low pile—like this one, which has a repeating pattern around the edge—are a smart option for areas that see more traffic: their low, dense fibers are quick to clean up and doors open easier over them. Angela Serratore, Country Living, "6 Important Things To Remember Before Rug Shopping," 14 Sep. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

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“Repeating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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