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Webster 1913 Edition


Recur

Re-cur′

(r?-k?r′)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Recurred
(-k?rd′)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Recurring
.]
[L.
recurrere
; pref.
re-
re- +
currere
to run. See
Current
.]
1.
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.
I. Watts.
2.
To occur at a stated interval, or according to some regular rule;
as, the fever will
recur
to-night
.
3.
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.
Locke.
Recurring decimal
(Math.)
,
a circulating decimal. See under
Decimal
.
Recurring series
(Math.)
,
an algebraic series in which the coefficients of the several terms can be expressed by means of certain preceding coefficients and constants in one uniform manner.

Webster 1828 Edition


Recur

RECUR'

,
Verb.
I.
[L. recurro; re and curro, to run.]
1.
To return to the thought or mind.
When any word has been used to signify an idea, the old idea will recur in the mind, when the word is heard.
2.
To resort; to have recourse.
If to avoid succession in eternal existence, they recur to the punctum stans of the schools, they will very little help us to a more positive idea of infinite duration.

Definition 2022


recur

recur

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recur (third-person singular simple present recurs, present participle recurring, simple past and past participle recurred)

  1. (now rare) To have recourse (to) someone or something for assistance, support etc.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 43:
      She only replied with a laugh, and he evidently deemed futile the bid for sympathy on the score of religious or irreligious fellowship, for he recurred to it no more.
  2. (intransitive) To happen again.
    The theme of the prodigal son recurs later in the third act.
  3. (intransitive, computing) To recurse.

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