One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To carry out a recursive procedure; to perform the same sequence of operations on successive results.
2with object To perform (a mathematical or computational operation) again on the result of the previous operation; to repeat (an operation) recursively.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin recursāre to keep running back, return again and again, to keep recurring to the mind (frequentative formation from recurrere); in later use after recursion and recursive.
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