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5.G: Iterations (Glossary)

accumulator
A variable used in a loop to add up or accumulate a result.
counter
A variable used in a loop to count the number of times something happened. We initialize a counter to zero and then increment the counter each time we want to "count" something.
decrement
An update that decreases the value of a variable.
initialize
An assignment that gives an initial value to a variable that will be updated.
increment
An update that increases the value of a variable (often by one).
infinite loop
A loop in which the terminating condition is never satisfied or for which there is no terminating condition.
iteration
Repeated execution of a set of statements using either a function that calls itself or a loop.