from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mathematics An expression, such as a polynomial, each term of which is determined by application of a formula to preceding terms.
- n. Mathematics A formula that generates the successive terms of a recursion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of recurring.
- n. The act of defining an object (usually a function) in terms of that object itself.
- n. The calling of a function from within that same function.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of recurring; return.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Return.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (mathematics) an expression such that each term is generated by repeating a particular mathematical operation
Late Latin recursiō, recursiōn-, a running back, from Latin recursus, past participle of recurrere, to run back; see recur.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recursiō ("the act of running back or again, return"), from recurrō ("run back; return"), from re- ("back, again") + currō ("run"). (Wiktionary)