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recursion

[ri-kur-zhuh n] /rɪˈkɜr ʒən/
noun, Mathematics, Computers.
1.
the process of defining a function or calculating a number by the repeated application of an algorithm.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Late Latin recursiōn- (stem of recursiō) a running back, equivalent to recurs(us) (see recourse) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for recursions

recursion

/rɪˈkɜːʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
recursive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin recursio, from recurrererecur
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Word Origin and History for recursions

recursion

n.

1610s, from Latin recursionem (nominative recursio) "a running backward, return," noun of action from past participle stem of recurrere "run back" (see recur).

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