Definition of iteration in English:



  • 1The repetition of a process or utterance.

    • ‘The most dramatic iteration came on the floor of the Senate, when he made it the centerpiece of a carefully prepared 20-minute oration.’
    • ‘If I may repeat my iteration from an earlier post.’
    • ‘Write a program for policy iteration and re-solve Jack's car rental problem with the following changes.’
    • ‘Start with a relatively simple service and move forward in short iterations.’
    • ‘And of course the announcements were largely iterations of existing products and/or concepts.’
    1. 1.1 Repetition of a mathematical or computational procedure applied to the result of a previous application, typically as a means of obtaining successively closer approximations to the solution of a problem.
      • ‘Convergence is declared when the relative change in likelihood between successive iterations is less than a user-defined threshold.’
      • ‘In successive iterations, the depth of the model also increases.’
      • ‘Constructing a probabilistic model, we performed 1,000 iterations of this scenario.’
      • ‘The output typically appeared to be nonstationary for up to 200,000 iterations of the algorithm.’
      • ‘This factor analysis was based on the combined normative samples using principal factoring with iteration plus orthogonal rotation.’
      repetition, repetitiveness, repetitiousness, reiteration, redundancy, superfluity, periphrasis, iteration, duplication
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    2. 1.2 A new version of a piece of computer hardware or software.
      • ‘We also rebooted between test iterations to clear out disk and memory caches.’
      • ‘What are the barriers to the technology reaching its full potential in future iterations?’
      • ‘"I wish a wider search criterion had been used in the first iteration!’
      • ‘Frequently there are a number of iterations, and the development cycle is lengthened and deadlines missed.’
      • ‘The voiceovers, missions, and story seem if possible even better than previous iterations of the game.’
      • ‘The computer went through thousands of iterations before it produced any movement.’
      • ‘Our Pirate game has gone through several iterations in its four-year development process.’
      • ‘By contrast, a traditional microprocessor would have had to run many iterations of the software to come up with the answer.’
      • ‘Through its many iterations, Worms has culminated into WWP; a well-polished title in its own right.’
      • ‘The first iteration of Verizon's fiber network will download 30 megabits per second.’
      • ‘For a game that has seen three iterations, I would've expected a bit more stability than my experience with it on my computer.’
      • ‘Over a decade has passed since then, and Namco have refined, reworked and polished the Tekken formula through many iterations.’
      • ‘Don't be surprised if it takes several iterations to become comfortable with the CLD.’
      • ‘However, licensing problems from Microsoft have made the device less than entirely useful in its first iterations.’
      • ‘If one can get past all this, Settlers is quite charming and this facet alone explains why it has endured for four iterations and possibly more in the future.’
      • ‘Now, sometimes you have to cycle the state machine through a few iterations before you get to an output state.’
      • ‘Over the past decade Web design has gone through many iterations, driven by the ever-changing environment.’
      • ‘Perhaps worse, significant delivery delays associated with design iterations mean reduced market share and lost revenue.’
      • ‘The previous Aurora wasn't bad, but the latest iteration is more " me too " than distinctive.’
      • ‘Does each server hold just a portion of a single massive game universe, or are multiple iterations of the universe planned?’


Late Middle English: from Latin iteratio(n-), from the verb iterare (see iterate).