re·​peat·​ing ri-ˈpē-tiŋ How to pronounce repeating (audio)
of a firearm
: designed to load cartridges from a magazine

Examples of repeating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This new finding could lead to materials science investigations—for example, shapes that form non-repeating tilings could help design stronger materials, Hart tells New Scientist. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2023 The researchers who performed the analysis suggest that this phenomenon could explain the non-repeating forms of these events. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2023 Yet, these choices form part of a broader repeating pattern where our intuition tends to steer us toward losing money. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 Also, the repeating time loop is not one day but six months. Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2023 Archaeological evidence shows that the Native Americans were armed with as many as 150 or more repeating rifles, which greatly outmatched the single-shot carbines carried by Custer’s men. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, 19 Dec. 2022 Some biochemical oscillations are simple: A few proteins or other organic chemicals go through a repeating pattern. Adam Mann, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2020 Seems to be a repeating pattern over the last few seasons. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 Plastics like polystyrene, polymethacrylate, and polypropylene are polymers, long chains of the same repeating unit, or monomer. WIRED, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repeating was in 1824

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“Repeating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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