• WordNet 3.6
    • n recapitulation (music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when one is composing the final part of a movement)
    • n recapitulation a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
    • n recapitulation (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated
    • n recapitulation emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.
    • Recapitulation (Zoöl) That process of development of the individual organism from the embryonic stage onward, which displays a parallel between the development of an individual animal (ontogeny) and the historical evolution of the species (phylogeny). Some authors recognize two types of recapitulation, palingenesis, in which the truly ancestral characters conserved by heredity are reproduced during development; and cenogenesis kenogenesis or coenogenesis), the mode of individual development in which alterations in the development process have changed the original process of recapitulation and obscured the evolutionary pathway. "This parallel is explained by the theory of evolution, according to which, in the words of Sidgwick, "the developmental history of the individual appears to be a short and simplified repetition, or in a certain sense a recapitulation, of the course of development of the species." Examples of recapitulation may be found in the embryological development of all vertebrates. Thus the frog develops through stages in which the embryo just before hatching is very fish-like, after hatching becomes a tadpole which exhibits many newt-like characters; and finally reaches the permanent frog stage. This accords with the comparative rank of the fish, newt and frog groups in classification; and also with the succession appearance of these groups. Man, as the highest animal, exhibits most completely these phenomena. In the earliest stages the human embryo is indistinguishable from that of any other creature. A little later the cephalic region shows gill-slits, like those which in a shark are a permanent feature, and the heart is two-chambered or fish-like. Further development closes the gill-slits, and the heart changes to the reptilian type. Here the reptiles stop, while birds and mammals advance further; but the human embryo in its progress to the higher type recapitulates and leaves features characteristic of lower mammalian forms -- for instance, a distinct and comparatively long tail exists. Most of these changes are completed before the embryo is six weeks old, but some traces of primitive and obsolete structures persist throughout life as "vestiges" or "rudimentary organs," and others appear after birth in infancy, as the well-known tendency of babies to turn their feet sideways and inward, and to use their toes and feet as grasping organs, after the manner of monkeys. This recapitulation of ancestral characters in ontogeny is not complete, however, for not all the stages are reproduced in every case, so far as can be perceived; and it is irregular and complicated in various ways among others by the inheritance of acquired characters. The most special students of it, as Haeckel, Fritz Mütter, Hyatt, Balfour, etc., distinguish two sorts of recapitulation palingenesis, exemplified in amphibian larvae and coenogenesis, the last manifested most completely in the metamorphoses of insects. Palingenesis is recapitulation without any fundamental changes due to the later modification of the primitive method of development, while in coenogenesis, the mode of development has suffered alterations which obscure the original process of recapitulation, or support it entirely."
    • Recapitulation The act of recapitulating; a summary, or concise statement or enumeration, of the principal points, facts, or statements, in a preceding discourse, argument, or essay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recapitulation The act or process of recapitulating.
    • n recapitulation In rhetoric, a summary or concise statement or enumeration of the principal points or facts in a preceding discourse, argument, or essay. Also anacephalæosis, enumeration. See epanodos.
    • n recapitulation In biology, the appearance in a developing organism of stages that are considered to recapitulate, or repeat in brief stages, the life-history of ancestors, or to resemble adult ancestors. See recapitulation doctrine.
    • n recapitulation In music, the third division of a movement in sonata form, in which the subjects are taken up afresh and both in the original key. Also called reprise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Recapitulation act of recapitulating: a summary of the main points of a preceding speech, treatise, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. recapitulatio,: cf. F. recapitulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. recapitulāre, -ātumre-, again, capitulum—caput, head.


In literature:

You both know all about the will and its mysterious disappearance, so I need not recapitulate that.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
They were recapitulated one by one, and all found too precious to be thrown away.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Spare me the pain of recapitulation.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He recapitulated rapidly, yet distinctly and with terrible force, all the startling events in his fearful life.
"The Pirate" by Frederick Marryat
There is no need to recapitulate the story in all its stages, but one incident deserves commemoration.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
We will recapitulate it in a few words.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Foyle recapitulated the events of the preceding day.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
My exposition of the subject having been necessarily somewhat lengthy and full of details, it will be as well to recapitulate its main points.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
"The Foundations of the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
As this whole volume is one long argument, it may be convenient to the reader to have the leading facts and inferences briefly recapitulated.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin

In news:

Rorty recapitulated the ideas of numerous philosophers, including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Derrida--all of whom believed that the effort to acquire absolute knowledge of the whole of reality had reached an endpoint in our time.
9) for every creature, is described in the Letter to the Ephesians with a distinctive term: to " recapitulate " all things in heaven and on earth in Christ (Eph 1: 10).
To begin my seventh annual column recapitulating a year's worth of reader ire, I would like to diagram a typical message.
Immune Mouse that Fully Recapitulates Individual Human Immune System Developed.
Scientists report on the development of a mouse model that recapitulates the immune system of a single adult human.
Wynton Marsalis and his contemporaries recapitulate modern jazz.
Veteran iO director Jason R Chin impressively reimagines the movie-improv form, even recapitulating the cinema experience: before the show a performer displays film trivia on posters and popcorn is handed out.

In science:

Sec. 3 is devoted to top quark reconstruction in the lepton-plus-4-jet mode, where two subsections recapitulate basic strategy and procedure, respectively.
How Well Can We Reconstruct the ttbar System Near its Threshold at Future e+e- Linear Colliders?
My notation is mostly standard and identical to the notation of ; however, I do want to recapitulate a few ubiquitous items.
The Auslander-Reiten quiver of a Poincare duality space
We begin with a brief recapitulation of the structure of Y (g), largely drawn from .
Twisted Yangians and symmetric pairs
To briefly recapitulate, the different operator structure in Heff would mean, that in contrast to the pure dipole case, the time-dependent C P asymmetry (S ) would be a function of the phase space (often a Dalitz plot) of the final state.
Null tests of the Standard Model at an International Super $B$ Factory
A recapitulation of the Stiefel-Whitney characteristic classes associated to line bundles.
Homology tests for graph colorings