iteration [it-uh-rey-shuh n] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for iteration on noun

  1. the act of repeating; a repetition.
  2. Mathematics.
    1. Also called successive approximation.a problem-solving or computational method in which a succession of approximations, each building on the one preceding, is used to achieve a desired degree of accuracy.
    2. an instance of the use of this method.
  3. Computers.
    1. a repetition of a statement or statements in a program.
    2. a different version of an existing data set, software program, hardware device, etc.: A new iteration of the data will be released next month.
  4. a different form or version of something: He designed the previous iteration of our logo.

Origin of iteration 1425–75; late Middle English Latin iterātiōn-, stem of iterātiō; see iterate, -ion Related Words for iteration emphasis, repetition, monotony Examples from the Web for iteration Contemporary Examples of iteration

  • Now Carter and Knight are in their third iteration of a boy band, of sorts.

    ‘Nick & Knight’: Nick Carter and Jordan Knight Are Your New Boy Band Power Couple

    Kevin Fallon

    September 4, 2014

  • During the Iranian iteration, one event allowed customers to congregate with a local dining in Iran.

    Eating With The Enemy: Conflict Kitchen’s Political Cuisine

    Justin Jones

    July 30, 2014

  • They began throwing up any iteration of a talent competition they could think of—who remembers Celebrity Duets?

    7 Ways ‘American Idol’ Revolutionized TV

    Kevin Fallon

    January 14, 2014

  • Cole noted that “the first iteration was surprisingly delicious, but skewed a little red hot cinnamon,” said Cole.

    The Appeal of Cinnabon Vodka and the Rise of Flavored Vodkas

    Daniel Gross

    November 22, 2013

  • Much of this iteration of the Man of Steel borrows from the comic books for relevance.

    ‘Man of Steel’ Is Fun to Watch, But It’s Still a Failure. Here’s Why.

    Sujay Kumar

    June 15, 2013

  • Historical Examples of iteration

  • We all grow so weary with the iteration of even the best of truths!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865


  • It was as if the iteration of that charge stung him out of his chill anger.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • Let us, at risk of some iteration, consider some of these combustible elements.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

  • The iteration of his speech is like the dripping of water upon the heads of the condemned.


    James Huneker

  • And with every iteration, the thrill in her voice seemed to deepen.

    Angel Island

    Inez Haynes Gillmore

  • Word Origin and History for iteration n.

    late 15c., from Latin iterationem (nominative iteratio) “repetition,” noun of action from past participle stem of iterare “do again, repeat,” from iterum “again,” from PIE *i-tero-, from pronomial root *i- (see yon).

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