[it-uh-rey-shuh n]


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

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin iterātiōn-, stem of iterātiō; see iterate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for iterations

emphasis, repetition, monotony

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Contemporary Examples of iterations

Historical Examples of iterations

  • Her iterations upon money were the vile constraint of an awakened interest and wonderment at its powers.

  • People of intelligence are growing tired of the platitudes of the pulpit—the iterations of the itinerants.

    Men, Women, and Gods

    Helen H. Gardener

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