Definition of recursion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɜːʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrʃn//
[uncountable] (mathematics)
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the process of repeating a function, each time applying it to the result of the previous stage Word Origin 1930s: from late Latin recursio(n-), from recurrere ‘run back’, from re- ‘again, back’ + currere ‘run’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recursion