• WordNet 3.6
    • n repetition the act of doing or performing again
    • n repetition the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
    • n repetition an event that repeats "the events today were a repeat of yesterday's"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repetition Recital from memory; rehearsal.
    • Repetition (Rhet) Reiteration, or repeating the same word, or the same sense in different words, for the purpose of making a deeper impression on the audience.
    • Repetition (Mus) The act of repeating, singing, or playing, the same piece or part a second time; reiteration of a note.
    • Repetition The act of repeating; a doing or saying again; iteration. "I need not be barren of accusations; he hath faults, with surplus to tire in repetition ."
    • Repetition (Astron. & Surv) The measurement of an angle by successive observations with a repeating instrument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n repetition The act of repeating, in any sense; iteration of the same act, word, sound, or idea.
    • n repetition Ye haue another sort of repetition when in one verse or clause of a verse ye iterate one word without any intermission, as thus: It was Maryne, Maryne that wrought mine woe.
    • n repetition That which is repeated.
    • n repetition Remembrance; recollection.
    • n repetition In Scots law, repayment of money erroneously paid.
    • n repetition Specifically, in music, the rapid reiteration or repercussion of a tone or chord, so as to produce a sustained effect, as upon the pianoforte and other stringed instruments.
    • n repetition Same as repeating action (which see, under repeat).
    • n repetition in mathematics, a partition in which a number occurs r times. Thus, 2 + 2 + 2 + 5 is a repetition of 3.
    • n repetition Synonyms and See recapitulate and pleonasm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Repetition rep-ē-tish′un act of repeating: recital from memory
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  • Robert Collier
    “Constant repetition carries conviction.”
  • James T. Mccay
    James T. Mccay
    “Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet, tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Happiness is the longing for repetition.”
  • Edith Summerskill
    Edith Summerskill
    “Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. repetitio,: cf. F. répétition,. See Repeat


In literature:

This was followed by a repetition of the first minuet.
"The Pianolist" by Gustav Kobbé
And yet no reasonable inducement to belief has been added by any one of these repetitions.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
But the repetition and again the repetition of what he had learned thoroughly struck cold his every higher faculty.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
This last one becomes the cuckoo for the next repetition of the game.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The most beautiful melody is generally found to become tiresome after a third repetition.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Various
Previously Ulysses wept at the first lay of Demodocus, now he emphasizes his sorrow by repetition.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
It is unnecessary to stain the page with a repetition of the horrors of the preceding day.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Then he launched into a repetition of what he had said that forenoon.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Symmetry is evidently a kind of unity in variety, where a whole is determined by the rhythmic repetition of similars.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana

In poetry:

One only memory left of all
The motley crowd of vanished scenes,
Hers, and vain impulse to recall
By repetition what it means.
"Phoebe" by James Russell Lowell
The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to ocean -
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition.
"Devotion" by Robert Frost
The Beaver had counted with scrupulous care,
Attending to every word:
But it fairly lost heart, and outgrabe in despair,
When the third repetition occurred.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
There Repetitions one another meet,
Expresly strong, or languishingly sweet,
And raise the sort of Sentiment they please,
And urge the sort of Sentiment they raise.
"An Essay On The Different Stiles Of Poetry" by Thomas Parnell
I wonder, Momus,
Whether shadows of the dead sit somewhere and look
with deep laughter
On men who play in terrible earnest the old, known,
solemn repetitions of history.
"Momus" by Carl Sandburg
There is not much else to tell.
One tries one's best to continue as before,
Doing some little good.
But I would have you know that all is not well
With a man dead set to ignore
The endless repetitions of his own murmurous blood.
"A Letter" by Anthony Hecht

In news:

New Practice for Asbestos Exposure Assessments for Repetitive Maintenance and Installation Tasks.
Revision of F2128 - 09 Standard Test Method for Treestand Repetitive Loading Capability.
Pitt, CMU researchers contribute to new study on autism and repetitive behavior.
High Court to Review Repetitive Drug Testing.
Office Chairs to Ease Repetitive Wallet Strain.
Kwame Holman reports on the US Senate's debate over repetitive stress injury regulations.
Repetitive Stress Injury Regulations.
Health care professionals may not recognize or be aware of repetitive stress syndrome with children.
Also, people who walk, run and cycle a lot can be susceptible to sciatic pain because of this repetitive front to back movement of the hips and legs.
As they eliminate positions—mainly repetitive, assembly-type jobs—they still have unfilled openings for high- skilled worker s.
The 40-yard dash times, recorded to the hundredth of a second, get the most attention, followed probably by the bench-press repetition count.
Mr Yockey is playing with repetition and at first it's fun.
"Radio stations are too repetitive" is a common complaint.
Repetition of words is the first step toward recognizing patterns in math.
Interesting both as American and theater history and earnestly produced, this 80-year-old play becomes turgid over its 105 unrelieved minutes by repetition of its thesis.

In science:

Ma [113], and it is based on counting of coincidence (or repetition) of states along a long phase space tra jectory.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
The results shown are an average over 25 repetitions of the calculation.
Are randomly grown graphs really random?
Guibas, L. J., Odlyzko, A. M., Long repetitive patterns in random sequences, Z.
Expected number of distinct part sizes in a random integer composition
If |Z | 6= 0 then w contains the repetition Z Z .
There are no iterated morphisms that define the Arshon sequence and the $\sigma$-sequence
To avoid repetition, we consider the coadjoint case only, the adjoint case is absolutely similar.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements