Definitions

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

  • n. The act or process or an instance of repeating or being repeated.
  • n. A recitation or recital, especially of prepared or memorized material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or an instance of repeating or being repeated.
  • n. : The act of performing a single, controlled exercise motion; also called a rep. A group of repetitions is a set.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of repeating; a doing or saying again; iteration.
  • n. Recital from memory; rehearsal.
  • n. The act of repeating, singing, or playing, the same piece or part a second time; reiteration of a note.
  • n. Reiteration, or repeating the same word, or the same sense in different words, for the purpose of making a deeper impression on the audience.
  • n. The measurement of an angle by successive observations with a repeating instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of repeating, in any sense; iteration of the same act, word, sound, or idea.
  • n. Ye haue another sort of repetition when in one verse or clause of a verse ye iterate one word without any intermission, as thus: It was Maryne, Maryne that wrought mine woe.
  • n. That which is repeated.
  • n. Remembrance; recollection.
  • n. In Scots law, repayment of money erroneously paid.
  • n. Specifically, in music, the rapid reiteration or repercussion of a tone or chord, so as to produce a sustained effect, as upon the pianoforte and other stringed instruments.
  • n. Same as repeating action (which see, under repeat).
  • n. in mathematics, a partition in which a number occurs r times. Thus, 2 + 2 + 2 + 5 is a repetition of 3.
  • n. Synonyms and See recapitulate and pleonasm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an event that repeats
  • n. the act of doing or performing again
  • n. the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device

Etymologies

Middle English repeticioun, from Old French repeticion, from Latin repetītiō, repetītiōn-, from repetītus, past participle of repetere, to repeat; see repeat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin repetitionem (accusative singular of repetitio). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * @param integer $repetition The repetition number to set,

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  • A good example: Bruce Anderson, the 70-year-old owner and editor of the Anderson Valley Advertiser the name repetition is just a coincidence, routinely takes on the powers that be in Northern California's pot-growing paradise of Mendocino County, and he does so with pitbull tenacity, exposing official abuse and garden-variety idiocy with equal relish.

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  • In Difference & Repetition in particular, Deleuze's sense of the term repetition is a product of his reading of Friedrich Nietzsche's eternal return in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

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  • PHAEDRUS: Nonsense, Socrates; what you call repetition was the especial merit of the speech; for he omitted no topic of which the subject rightly allowed, and I do not think that any one could have spoken better or more exhaustively.

    Phaedrus

  • Then the lovers met, and the old Queen acquainted the two Princesses with all that had passed between Sayf al-Muluk and the Blue King and how the Prince had been nearhand to a captive’s death; but in repetition is no fruition.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Exact repetition is part of every religion, every doctrine, the Pledge of Allegiance, every ritual.

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  • Word repetition is something I think most writers try to excise from their writing.

    Word Repetition and Sundry

  • Even if your child may not be verbalizing the new language right away, remember that repetition is the key to learning.

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  • "It's a shame for a girl like you to have to do this," he was saying, apparently in repetition of what he had already urged.

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  • ENO's was neat -- repetition is always effective, and always hard, and it's handled here well.

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