AskDefine | Define recursive

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recursive adj : of or relating to a recursion

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English

Adjective

  1. Drawing upon itself.
    the recursive nature of stories which borrow from each other
  2. mathematics not comparable of an expression, each term of which is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms
  3. computing not comparable of a program or function that calls itself
    Example: the factorial function -
    f(0) = 1
    f(n) = n x f(n-1) for any natural number where n > 0
  4. which can be computed by a theoretical model of a computer, in a finite amount of time
  5. whose characteristic function is recursive (4)

Translations

drawing upon itself
  • Finnish: itseään toistava
mathematics: of an expression, in which each term is determined by applying a formula to preceding terms
  • Finnish: rekursiivinen
  • German: rekursiv
computing: of a program or function that calls itself
  • Finnish: rekursiivinen
  • German: rekursiv
computing: of a function which can be computed in a finite amount of time
  • Finnish: rekursiivinen
  • German: rekursiv
computing: of a set whose characteristic function is recursive
  • Finnish: rekursiivinen

Extensive Definition

Recursive may refer to:
recursive in French: Récursif
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