recursion definition by Webster's New World
recursion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An expression, such as a polynomial, each term of which is determined by application of a formula to preceding terms.
- A formula that generates the successive terms of a recursion.
Origin: Late Latin recursiō, recursiōn-, a running back, from Latin recursus, past participle of recurrere, to run back; see recur.
- re·curˈsive adjective
recursion - Computer Definition
In programming, the ability of a subroutine or program module to call itself. It is helpful for writing routines that solve problems by repeatedly processing the output of the same process. See recurse subdirectories.