• WordNet 3.6
    • v recur happen or occur again "This is a recurring story"
    • v recur return in thought or speech to something
    • v recur have recourse to "The government resorted to rationing meat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Recur To come back; to return again or repeatedly; to come again to mind. "When any word has been used to signify an idea, the old idea will recur in the mind when the word is heard."
    • Recur To occur at a stated interval, or according to some regular rule; as, the fever will recur to-night.
    • Recur To resort; to have recourse; to go for help. "If, to avoid succession in eternal existence, they recur to the “punctum stans” of the schools, they will thereby very little help us to a more positive idea of infinite duration."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recur To go or come back; return: literally or figuratively.
    • recur To return in thought or recollection.
    • recur To return to the thought or mind.
    • recur To resort; have recourse; turn for aid.
    • recur To occur again or be repeated at stated intervals, or according to some rule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Recur rē-kur′ to return, resort: to happen at a stated interval
    • pr.p Recur recur′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. recurred′
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  • W. Clement Stone
    “Events tend to recur in cycles...”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. recurrere,; pref. re-, re- + currere, to run. See Current


In literature:

The condition is probably of neurotic origin and tends to recur.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Her aunt's words often recurred to her.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
An impulse, often recurring, induced her to apply to the young nobleman, who was then still unmarried.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
A term generally applied to an interval of time in which the same phenomena recur.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Then he came again, and behaved as if nothing had happened, but the offence never recurred.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Many of the absurd things she had said in the day recurred to me in the night, assuming a quite different value.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
A sound is a note if the pulsations of the air by which it is produced recur at regular intervals.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
As he lay back it suddenly recurred to him.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
Ten days ago he had not been aware of her existence; and from now on she would be always recurring in his thoughts.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
This has enabled astronomers to fix the period of the recurring maximum with greater accuracy.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball

In poetry:

And the high stars' recurring pomp,
Days, seasons, whisper me
Of that one certainty divine,
Assuring, she is she.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Ever the star, unstable, frames
Her transitory throne of fire,
But in thy sight how soon expire,
How soon recur, the inviolate flames!—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
I saw her for a moment,
Her presence haunts me yet,
In oft-recurring visions
Of grace and gladness met
That marked the sweet demeanor
Of dainty Margaret.
"Margaret" by Hattie Howard
Most sweet, most powerful,
Controller of my inmost soul;
The terrible, yet precious gift
Of heaven, companion kind
Of all my days of misery,
O thought, that ever dost recur to me;
"The Ruling Thought" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
But to recur to him who rests beneath—
He had a heart enthusiastic, warm,
And form’d for love—no prejudice dwelt there;
He roam’d about the world to find a heart
Which felt with his, he sought, and found it not.
"The Suicide’s Grave (From The German)" by George Borrow
My brain is drowned now—quite drowned: all I feel
Is . . . is, at swift-recurring intervals,
A hurry-down within me, as of waters
Loosened to smother up some ghastly pit:
There they go—whirls from a black fiery sea!
"Pippa Passes: Part I: Morning" by Robert Browning

In news:

Speedskater Katherine Reutter will have hip surgery to fix recurring injuries.
Our first question in this new recurring feature comes from me.
'Smash' Enlists 'Hairspray's' Nikki Blonsky for Recurring Role.
Nelson Mandela, 94, hospitalized due to recurring lung infection.
ONCOLOGY In early stages, doctors can detect which patients are at highest risk of recurring disease after surgery.
I have a distinct memory of my teenage-tragic self that's like a recurring dream, except it really happened.
For the past year or two, "Reader's Digest" magazine has had a recurring feature called 50 Secrets Your Won't Tell You.
It's a recurring problem that just won't go away.
Nelson Mandela , 94, hospitalized due to recurring lung infection.
Rosemarie DeWitt and Patton Oswalt have joined the cast of HBO's "The Newsroom " in recurring roles.
This week on the show I'm introducing a new, hopefully recurring, feature: Blade Runner Watch.
"I just want to be healthy and play and help the team here," said Andre Almeida, who missed last season due to recurring knee pain.
This has been a recurring theme during Jason Garrett's tenure as head coach.
Intrix Technology, Inc (Intrix) has added a Recurring Payments module to its payment gateway platform.
Recurring issues irk Reese Peck .

In science:

Being dependent on P2 and the dr iftrate, the fractional change in P3 (the recur rence time of a dr iftband) is comparably large.
Radio Pulsars
The t dependence of DVCS and of exclusive vector meson production has been a recurring theme at the workshop, with a dedicated presentation by Weiss .
Summary of Working Group B: Diffraction and Vector Mesons
Source states are qualitatively different, recurring patterns of spectral and timing characteristics.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
Some interpretations recur in various models and can be considered model ’building blocks’.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
The examples of this section and the previous one illustrate an important principle of physics that recurs throughout both quantum mechanics and general relativity: a physical theory is required to answer only those questions that correspond to a measurement.
Gauge invariance and the detection of gravitational radiation