Recursion vs Meta - What's the difference?

recursion | meta |

As a noun recursion

is recursion.

As an adjective meta is




(en noun)
  • The act of recurring.
  • (mathematics) The act of defining an object (usually a function) in terms of that object itself.
  • *
  • However, we have still not achieved our goal of devising a finite'' set of rules
    which will generate an ''infinite'' set of sentence structures. In order to achieve
    this goal, we need to allow for the fact that natural languages typically have
    the property that they allow potentially infinite ''recursion'' of particular struc-
    tures. For example, one Clause can be ''embedded
    inside another indefinitely
    many times, [...]
    n! = n × (n − 1)! (for n > 0) or 1 (for n = 0) defines the factorial function using recursion.
  • (computing) The calling of a function from within that same function.
  • This function uses recursion to compute factorials.

    Derived terms

    * tail recursion * infinite recursion




    (en adjective)
  • (informal) Self-referential; at a higher level
  • * {{quote-book, 2002, Robert C. Neville, Religion in Late Modernity citation
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  • * {{quote-book, 2006, Brendan Vaughan, What Would MacGyver Do? citation
  • , passage=Besides, I can just hear Vaughan: "Very funny, Stacey, very Charlie Kaufman-esque, very meta , very '97. I can't use it." }}


    (en noun)
  • boundary marker
  • Either of the conical columns at each end of a Roman circus
  • Anagrams

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