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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.
Origin of iteration
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. 2018.
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  • We all grow so weary with the iteration of even the best of truths!

  • It was as if the iteration of that charge stung him out of his chill anger.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins
  • Let us, at risk of some iteration, consider some of these combustible elements.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The iteration of his speech is like the dripping of water upon the heads of the condemned.


    James Huneker
  • And with every iteration, the thrill in her voice seemed to deepen.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
Word Origin and History for iteration

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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