Definition of iterative in English:



  • 1Relating to or involving iteration, especially of a mathematical or computational process.

    • ‘He may get curious about other instances of iterative processes and their general theory.’
    • ‘Thus the only appropriate deconvolution method that can be used is the iterative convolution.’
    • ‘In a paper published three years later, Farkas examined the convergence of more general iterative methods.’
    • ‘Thus, we cannot use the same iterative approach as detailed in this paper.’
    • ‘Chasing the elusive fun factor implies a much more iterative approach to development.’
    • ‘To reassign out-of-focus light to its point of origin, the data was processed using an iterative constrained deconvolution algorithm.’
    • ‘An iterative best-fit curve computational program is used to determine k.’
    • ‘Finally, we investigated the performance of the iterative procedure.’
    • ‘Subsequently, iterative profile refinement was used to make the profile searches more sensitive.’
    • ‘Consider, for instance, the iterative geometric process of creating flaky pastry dough.’
    • ‘Playful iterative processes are likely to fit the bill.’
    • ‘The development of the model was an iterative process that involved testing and refinement.’
    • ‘However, the biasing potential still cannot be easily determined without rather a tedious iterative procedure.’
    • ‘This book is the result of an iterative process of consulting with experts in the field of computer and network security.’
    • ‘This is a general definition of an iterative process that works for any function f.’
    • ‘The starting values required for the iterative procedure were estimated graphically.’
    • ‘Often various iterative algorithms are tested by using them to compute the digits of familiar numbers like [pi].’
    • ‘In fact, the development process was based on iterative development and improvement of source code.’
    • ‘The crosses in figure 2 display the results of the iterative method.’
    • ‘Research shows that iterative methods reduce the risk of failure, compared to traditional models of development.’
    1. 1.1Linguistics Denoting a grammatical rule that can be applied repeatedly.
      incessant, constant, unremitting, iterative, repeated, repetitive
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    2. 1.2Grammar
      another term for frequentative
      • ‘There is a class of verbs in all the Dravidian languages that have sometimes been called iterative or frequentative.’


Late 15th century: from French itératif, -ive, from Latin iterare to repeat; the grammar term is from late Latin iterativus.