• WordNet 3.6
    • adj recurrent recurring again and again "perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Recurrent Returning from time to time; recurring; as, recurrent pains.
    • Recurrent (Anat) Running back toward its origin; as, a recurrent nerve or artery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recurrent Recurring; returning from time to time; reappearing; repeated: as, recurrent pains of a disease.
    • recurrent In crystallography, noting a crystal which exhibits an oscillatory combination of two sets of planes. See oscillatory.
    • recurrent In anatomy, turned back in its course, and running in a direction the opposite of its former one: specifically noting the inferior laryngeal branch of the pneumogastric. See the following phrases.
    • recurrent In entomology, turning back toward the base: as, a recurrent process.
    • recurrent A branch which is more or less turned toward the base of the wing, in a direction contrary to the nervure from which it arises. Many of these recurrent nervures are distinguished.
    • recurrent A vein of the wing which, after running toward the apex, is bent or curved back toward the base, as in many Coleoptera.
    • recurrent The anterior, a larger branch, arising just behind the perforation of the Interosseous membrane, and anastomosing with the lower articular popliteal arteries.
    • recurrent The posterior, arising a little lower than the anterior (though they often have a common origin), and communicating with the inferior profunda, the anastomotic, and posterior interosseous recurrent.
    • n recurrent Any recurrent nerve or artery.
    • recurrent In paleontology, reappearing without essential change in organic composition: used of faunas which reappear after their first disappearance from a given geological section, or of a species which thus returns after departure. The conception of recurrent faunas implies the fact of migration and temporary absence from a given geographical province with subsequent return thereto.
    • n recurrent A recurrent verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Recurrent returning at intervals: :
    • adj Recurrent (anat.) running back in the opposite to a former direction
    • adj Recurrent (entom.) turned back toward the base
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  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. recurrens, -entis, p. pr. of recurrere,: cf.F. récurrent,. See Recur
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. recurrĕrere-, back, currĕre, to run.


In literature:

Abram Varney, too, experienced a recurrence of ease.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Every setback of this sort must be judged without bias and the proper measures must be taken to prevent its recurrence.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
The constant recurrence and vigour of this recuperation not only filled me with pride, but also set me thinking.
"Master of His Fate" by J. Mclaren Cobban
That is a mistake, as any gentleman may satisfy himself by recurrence to the journals of the House.
"Speech of Mr. Cushing, of Massachusetts, on the Right of Petition," by Caleb Cushing
There are such things as recurrences, such things as laws that govern all happenings.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
Mr. Britling had a recurrence of that same disagreeable fancy that these young people didn't know exactly what they were going into.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
By birth a fay, by the regular recurrence of her ecstasy she becomes a sibyl.
"Taboo and Genetics" by Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
Wearing goggles has absolutely prevented any recurrence of snow-blindness.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The recurrence at this point, however, is not uninstructive.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
It became, in its way, the recurrent companion of his journey.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King

In poetry:

The years go on, the old comes back
To mock the new — beneath the sun
Is nothing new; ideas run
Recurrent in an endless track.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
O lights by which, far-taught, we trace
The path of Life from death to death!
O fanes of her recurrent breath,
And strength of Night's annulling mace!—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Ever recurrent, like tides of the ocean,
Sad are these cadences, reaching my ear,
Waking within me a mingled emotion,--
Partly of ecstasy, partly of fear;
"The Call Of The Blood" by John Lawson Stoddard
With these outflowing, river-like, with deltas
that spread like arms to reach the open sea,
with the recurrent tides that never cease
will I acknowledge you, will I proclaim you
as no one ever has before.
"Dedication" by Rainer Maria Rilke
And, though Thy healing waters far withdraw,
I, too, can wait and feed on hope of Thee
And of the dear recurrence of Thy law,
Sure that the parting grace my morning saw
Abides its time to come in search of me.
"Seaweed" by James Russell Lowell
As for these quarrels, they are like the moon, recurrent
and fantastic. They have their beauty but night's
is better.
It is better to be silent than make a noise. It is better
to strike dead than strike often. It is better not
to strike.
"Time Of Disturbance" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

I've heard that eating soy and flax might cause a recurrence.
A recurrent cry among Republicans during their successful campaign to take control of the House of Representatives was for greater transparency in the workings of Congress.
Leslie's story: Recurrences don't indicate loss of hope.
Researchers at Boston University found that by eating 30 cherries within 48 hours of a gout attack cuts the risk of its recurrence by 35 percent.
More than 20% of patients whose diabetes is reversed by Roux-en-Y surgery had a recurrence of the disease within five years.
Nineteen people per 10,000 who had received the shingles vaccine had a shingles recurrence .
They found fewer than 30 cases of recurrent shingles in an average of two years of follow-up and little difference in the rate of recurrence between the vaccinated and unvaccinated population.
"And after a year it looks like there is a significant reduction in recurrences in the women who are getting the vaccine," said surgical oncologist Dr Gregory Senofsky of St John's Health Center.
Women who've had breast cancer are at risk for recurrences many years after their first diagnosis.
PGA Tour's Jarrod Lyle has leukemia recurrence .
Few recurrences occurred after the first 10 years of follow-up.
In the Review entitled "Risk assessment for recurrent venous thrombosis" (Dec 11, p 2032).
In the Review entitled "Risk assessment for recurrent venous thrombosis " (Dec 11, p 2032).
Venezuelan Bonds Soar on Chavez Cancer Recurrence: Andes Credit.
For the most part, the technology available can only detect its recurrence after it's already dangerous again.

In science:

If in addition E(Y1) = R[0 , ∞) x µ(dx) < ∞, then (X x n ) is positive recurrent, while it is nul l recurrent when E(Y1) = ∞.
On recurrence of reflected random walk on the half-line. With an appendix on results of Martin Benda
If µ is symmetric, then reflected random walk is (topological ly) recurrent if and only if the random walk Sn is recurrent.
On recurrence of reflected random walk on the half-line. With an appendix on results of Martin Benda
It also implies that we have only polynomial ergodicity in the sense that the time of reaching the empty state has only finite order moments and the order smoothly changes when we pass from the null recurrent to the positive recurrent case.
A MARKOV chain model of a polling system with parameter regeneration
However, in the recurrent case, the potential one has to deal with is a recurrent random walk and Sinai introduces a notion of valley which does not make sense anymore in our setting where the potential is a (let’s say negatively) drifted random walk.
Limit laws for transient random walks in random environment on $\z$
Recurrent/rough phase I, where the effect of the longrange links is negligible, spans a wider interval of the α-axis, and recurrent/rough phase II is collapsed to one point on this axis.
Diffusion Processes on Small-World Networks with Distance-Dependent Random-Links