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# recursion

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/ rɪˈkɜr ʒən /

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## Definition of recursion

noun Mathematics, Computers.

the process of defining a function or calculating a number by the repeated application of an algorithm.

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## British Dictionary definitions for recursion

recursion

/ (rɪˈkɜːʃən) /

noun

the act or process of returning or running back

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) = 3 n

## Derived forms of recursion

recursive, adjective## Word Origin for recursion

C17: from Latin recursio, from recurrere recur

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