[ri-kur-zhuh n]


  1. Mathematics: The determination of a succession of elements (such as numbers or functions) by operation on one or more preceding elements according to a rule or formula involving a finite number of steps.
  2. Computers: A computer programming technique involving the use of a procedure, subroutine, function, or algorithm that calls itself one or more times until a specified condition is met at which time the rest of each repetition is processed from the last one called to the first.


From Late Latin recursion-, recursio, from recurrere

First known use: 1790

Courtesy Merriam-Webster