recursions

recursion

[ri-kur-zhuhn]
noun Mathematics, Computers.
the process of defining a function or calculating a number by the repeated application of an algorithm.

Origin:
1925–30; < Late Latin recursiōn- (stem of recursiō) a running back, equivalent to recurs(us) (see recourse) + -iōn- -ion

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recursion (rɪˈkɜːʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of returning or running back
2.  logic, maths the application of a function to its own values to generate an infinite sequence of values. The recursion formula or clause of a definition specifies the progression from one term to the next, as given the base clause f(0) = 0, f(n + 1) = f(n) + 3 specifies the successive terms of the sequence f(n) = 3n
 
[C17: from Latin recursio, from recurrererecur]
 
re'cursive
 
adj

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