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recursive (rɪˈkɜːsɪv) 

Definitions

adjective

  1. (formal) of, relating to, or constituting sth that can repeat itself indefinitely
  2. (mathematics, logic) of or relating to the application of a function to its own values to generate an infinite sequence of values

recursion (rɪˈkɜːʃən Pronunciation for recursion

Definitions

noun

  1. the act or process of returning or running back
  2. (logic, mathematics) the application of a function to its own values to generate an infinite sequence of values. The recursion formula or clause of a definition specifies the progression from one term to the next, as given the base clause f(0) = 0, f( n + 1) = f( n) + 3 specifies the successive terms of the sequence f( n) = 3 n

Derived Forms

reˈcursive adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin recursio, from recurrererecur

Example Sentences Including 'recursive'

GNU is a recursive acronym for "GNU's not Unix" and is pronounced "guh-new".
New Zealand Herald (2003)
More research into recursive ability in humans and their close relatives chimpanzees needs to be carried out, Hauser says.
New Scientist (2004)
The nice thing about this model is that it is recursive.
O'Connor, Joseph & Seymour, John Training with N.L.P.
The recursive acronym of its name, Wine Is Not an Emulator, is meant to remind you of that.
canada.com (2005)

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