[rep-i-tend, rep-i-tend]
  1. Mathematics. the part of a repeating decimal that is repeated, as 1234 in 0.123412341234. …
  2. Music. a phrase or sound that is repeated.
  3. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for repetend

Historical Examples of repetend

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for repetend


  1. maths the digit or series of digits in a recurring decimal that repeats itself
  2. anything repeated

Word Origin for repetend

C18: from Latin repetendum what is to be repeated, from repetere to repeat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

repetend in Science


  1. The digit or group of digits that repeats infinitely in a repeating decimal. The repetend of the decimal form of 512 (0.4166666…) is 6.
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