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[it-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪt əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of repeating; a repetition.
  1. Also called successive approximation. a problem-solving or computational method in which a succession of approximations, each building on the one preceding, is used to achieve a desired degree of accuracy.
  2. an instance of the use of this method.
  1. a repetition of a statement or statements in a program.
  2. a different version of an existing data set, software program, hardware device, etc.:
    A new iteration of the data will be released next month.
a different form or version of something:
He designed the previous iteration of our logo.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin iterātiōn-, stem of iterātiō; see iterate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for iterations
  • It is a gradual process with many iterations in between.
  • The presence of two or more iterations of a mission statement could seriously undermine and devalue their role.
  • There are going to be some iterations to fix flaws in construction and design.
  • At previous iterations of the meeting, that is exactly what happened in each workshop.
  • In place of vision and placating empathy, he seems to offer only droning iterations.
  • Hall was impressively resourceful in playing three distinct iterations of the common geek.
  • Whatever the starting conditions, a computer can go through through millions of iterations to see how traits spread.
  • And, at first, it went through a few iterations of the best media and ways to do that.
  • His network has come up with lively iterations of powerful television concepts.
  • Additional evaluations of the iterations parameter are recommended for future efforts.
Word Origin and History for iterations



late 15c., from Latin iterationem (nominative iteratio) "repetition," noun of action from past participle stem of iterare "do again, repeat," from iterum "again," from PIE *i-tero-, from pronomial root *i- (see yon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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