Meaning of RECURRENT in English


-nt adjective

Etymology: Latin recurrent-, recurrens, present participle of recurrere to run back, recur — more at recur


a. : running or turning back in a direction opposite to its former course — used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs

the radial recurrent artery

the recurrent laryngeal nerve

b. of a veinlet : returning toward the main rib

2. : returning from time to time : appearing or coming periodically : happening again and again

food is the urgent and recurrent need of individuals and of society — Ellen Semple

investigate the recurrent … strike situation — Current Biography

an endlessly recurrent set of problems — I.A.Richards

3. : reappearing at other than the first geologic horizon

a recurrent fauna

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.