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[rep-i-tend, rep-i-tend] /ˈrɛp ɪˌtɛnd, ˌrɛp ɪˈtɛnd/
Mathematics. the part of a repeating decimal that is repeated, as 1234 in 0.123412341234. ….
Music. a phrase or sound that is repeated.
Prosody. a word, phrase, line or longer element that is repeated, sometimes with variation, at irregular intervals in a poem.
Origin of repetend
1705-15; < Latin repetendum that which is to be repeated, neuter gerund of repetere to repeat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Poe created the fifth line of his stanza for the magic of the repetend.

    The Raven Edgar Allan Poe
  • True, America is free; but in order to establish tradition some one must be a repetend—a repeating decimal.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for repetend


/ˈrɛpɪˌtɛnd; ˌrɛpɪˈtɛnd/
(maths) the digit or series of digits in a recurring decimal that repeats itself
anything repeated
Word Origin
C18: from Latin repetendum what is to be repeated, from repetere to repeat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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repetend in Science
The digit or group of digits that repeats infinitely in a repeating decimal. The repetend of the decimal form of 5/12 (0.4166666...) is 6.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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