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

  • n. A word, sound, or phrase that is repeated; a refrain.
  • n. Mathematics The digit or group of digits that repeats infinitely in a repeating decimal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A refrain (having repeated words, sounds or phrases)
  • n. A repeating decimal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of a circulating decimal which recurs continually, ad infinitum: -- sometimes indicated by a dot over the first and last figures; thus, in the circulating decimal .728328328 + (otherwise .7�8�), the repetend is 283.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In arithmetic, that part of a repeating decimal which recurs continually; the circulate.
  • n. Something which is or has to be repeated, as the burden of a song.


From Latin repetendum, neuter gerundive of repetere, to repeat; see repeat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • A repeated or recurrent sound, cadence, word or phrase; refrain.

    November 25, 2007