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 (rĕp′ĭ-tĕnd′, rĕp′ĭ-tĕnd′)
1. A word, sound, or phrase that is repeated; a refrain.
2. Mathematics The digit or group of digits that repeats infinitely in a repeating decimal.

[From Latin repetendum, neuter gerundive of repetere, to repeat; see repeat.]
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(ˈrɛpɪˌtɛnd; ˌrɛpɪˈtɛnd)
1. (Mathematics) maths the digit or series of digits in a recurring decimal that repeats itself
2. anything repeated
[C18: from Latin repetendum what is to be repeated, from repetere to repeat]
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[21] Seriality and repetitiveness are also evinced in Don Juan, I suggest, in the narrator's habitual returns to the bar, a recursiveness evoked and emphasized in the quoted passage's own repeated return to the phrase "in the bar," its turning this phrase into a repetend or refrain.
When marginalized voices disrupt this loaded repetend of free speech, or demand to speak without reference to the discourse of free speech, ruling interests show what they really think of free speech.
In Shanghai, Li wrote poem after poem in a blank verse that called forth (in English) the voice of her sutra-chanting grandmother--these were written not with calligraphic brevity, but in loping stanzas of repetend on repetend that descended into the swarming fish pond muck of eastern China, poems kindled by Li Wen's tattered Walden which she read and reread till Thoreau's thawing railroad bank revealed, molten and delirious, the scrape of crickets, the click of her grandma's thongs across damp tile.
Forrest also considers the devices of repetition that Poe and the Bible have in common: despite Poe's love of stylistic brevity, "outside the Bible it would be hard to find one who used the repetend more than he" (96).
Instead, he doggedly asserts that he must get on with living, a realization signaled by the interjection of "But" in the line just before the repetend. The last two lines reinforce that he must be going and attend to the obligations of life.
Allen then considers "Lenore" for its "long line, iambic septameters" (sic for heptameters) and its ballad rhyme basis, as Bob Dylan shows, with stress on the use of the internal "repetend." His "pantheist personification" or Max Ernst surrealist-landscape interpretation of the obscure "Valley of Unrest" is not different from reputable views long proffered.
Three common refrains are the chorus, recited by more than one person; the burden, in which a whole stanza is repeated; and the repetend, in which the words are repeated erratically throughout the poem.
Even the lines that don't participate in even mild anaphora, whose first words are not repetends, seem part of it retroactively: I as the site of iterable observation and Watched as potential anaphor and "Had my eyes dazzled" as phrasal substitution for any of the other repetends of vision.
In his short story "Human Repetends," Clarke's narrator, Hugh Pontifex, a debtor recently forced to emigrate to Australia, finds that he is "among old friends whom I had long thought dead or in jail." Pontifex continues: "The game was made in the same old fashion, only the stakes were not so high.
The repetends, that is, the repeated words or phrases, gather emphasis, to the point that the author uses form to call attention not only to content but to the writer's reaction to trauma.
There the speaker is "trapped in the bell tower during wind,/ or (she's) the wind itself against the furious ummetered,/ anarchical applause of leaves in late autumn/ in the uppermost branches"--lines that have a breathy assonance I miss in the word-jammed repetends of the poem's first section.
If just 1,528 words can generate nearly half as many phrasal repetends, how many will Shakespeare's entire corpus hold?