1. 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." (Shak)

2. Recital from memory; rehearsal.

3. The act of repeating, singing, playing, the same piece or part a second time; reiteration of a note.

4. Reiteration, or repeating the same word, or the same sense in different words, for the purpose of making a deeper impression on the audience.

5. <astronomy> The measurement of an angle by successive observations with a repeating instrument.

Synonyms: Iteration, rehearsal. See Tautology.

Origin: L. Repetitio: cf. F. Repetition. See Repeat.

(01 Mar 1998)