from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A method of defining a sequence of objects, such as an expression, function, or set, where some number of initial objects are given and each successive object is defined in terms of the preceding objects. The Fibonacci sequence is defined by recursion.
  • noun A set of objects so defined.
  • noun A rule describing the relation between an object in a recursive sequence in terms of the preceding objects.
  • noun Linguistics The property of languages in which a structure, such as a phrase or clause, may form a part of a larger structure of the same kind, allowing for a potentially infinite variety of constructions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Return.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The act of recurring; return.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of recurring.
  • noun mathematics The act of defining an object (usually a function) in terms of that object itself.
  • noun computing The calling of a function from within that same function.

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  • noun (mathematics) an expression such that each term is generated by repeating a particular mathematical operation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin recursiō, recursiōn-, a running back, from Latin recursus, past participle of recurrere, to run back; see recur.]

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From Latin recursiō ("the act of running back or again, return"), from recurrō ("run back; return"), from re- ("back, again") + currō ("run").


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