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  1. a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; "height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; "His wife officiated as his private secretary" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The appropriate action of any special organ or part of an animal or vegetable organism; as, the function of the heart or the limbs; the function of leaves, sap, roots, etc.; life is the sum of the functions of the various organs and parts of the body. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The natural or assigned action of any power or faculty, as of the soul, or of the intellect; the exertion of an energy of some determinate kind. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. The course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A quantity so connected with another quantity, that if any alteration be made in the latter there will be a consequent alteration in the former. Each quantity is said to be a function of the other. Thus, the circumference of a circle is a function of the diameter. If x be a symbol to which different numerical values can be assigned, such expressions as x2, 3x, Log. x, and Sin. x, are all functions of x. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Alt. of Functionate Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A religious ceremony, esp. one particularly impressive and elaborate. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A public or social ceremony or gathering; a festivity or entertainment, esp. one somewhat formal. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The act or performance of any duty, office, or business; power; the office of any organ, animal or vegetable; public or official ceremony. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. To perform the duty or office for which a person or thing is intended. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. 1. The special action or physiological property of an organ or other part of the body. 2. The general properties of any substance, depending upon its chemical character and relation to other substances, according to which it may be grouped among the acids, bases, alcohols, or esters, etc. 3. To perform its special work or office, said of an organ or other part of the body; to functionate. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  23. Special organic action. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  24. The doing of a thing: duty peculiar to any office or profession: the peculiar office of any part of the body or mind: power: (math.) a quantity so connected with another that any change in the one changes the other. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To perform or discharge a function: to act. Also FUNCTIONATE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. FUNCTIONALLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Office; duty; performance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To act. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. The appropriate business, duty, or office of any person or thing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A public ceremony or entertainment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A dependent quantity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Functional. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. The doing executing, or performing of anything; discharge; office, employment or duty belonging to a particular station or character; the office of any organ of animal or vegetable, of mind or body; power; a quantity so connected with another that any change in the one correspondingly affects the other. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. Performance; office; employment; duty; the office of any bodily organ; power; faculty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. The normal action proper to any organ or part. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  36. [Latin] The action proper to any organ or part. na
  37. Office; duty; fulfillment of a definite end or set of ends by the correctadjustment of means. The occupation of an office. By the performance of its duties, theofficer is said to fill his function. Dig. 32, 65, 1. See State v. Hyde, 121 Ind. 20, 22 N. E. 644. thelawdictionary.org
  38. fungk'shun, n. the doing of a thing: duty peculiar to any office: faculty, exercise of faculty: the peculiar office of any part of the body or mind: power: a solemn service: (math.) a quantity so connected with another that any change in the one produces a corresponding change in the other: the technical term in physiology for the vital activity of organ, tissue, or cell.--adj. FUNC'TIONAL, pertaining to or performed by functions--opp. to Organic or Structural.--vs.t. FUNC'TIONALISE, FUNC'TIONATE.--adv. FUNC'TIONALLY.--n. FUNC'TIONARY, one who discharges any duty: one who holds an office.--adj. FUNC'TIONLESS, having no function. [O. Fr.,--L. function-em--fungi, functus, to perform.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  39. The action of an organ or system of organs. Any act, necessary for accomplishing a vital phenomenon. A function is a special office in the animal economy, which has, as its instrument, an organ or apparatus of organs. Thus respiration is a function. Its object is the conversion of venous into arterial blood, and its instrument is the lungs. The ancient physiologists divided the functions into vital, animal, and natural. They called vital functions those which are essential to life, as innervation, circulation, respiration; animal functions, those which belong to the encephalon; viz.: the functions of the intellect, the affections of the mind, and the voluntary motions; and natural functions, Faculta'tes seu Actio'nes natura'les, those relating to assimilation, such as the actions of the abdominal viscera, of the absorbent and exhalant vessels, &c. Bichat divided the functions into those which relate to the preservation of the individual, and those that relate to the preservation of the species. The former he subdivided into animal and organic. The animal functions or functions of relation are those of the intellect, sensation, locomotion, and voice. The organic functions include digestion, absorption, respiration, circulation, secretion, nutrition, and ealorification. The functions, whose object is the preservation of the species-the organic, nutritive, or vegetative functions- are all those that relate to generation ;-such as conception, gestation, accouchement, &c. Each of these admits of numerous subdivisions in a complete course of Physiology ;-for so the doctrine of the functions is called. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  40. [Latin] Anything done; an act or action; particularly, an action which is regularly performed by a part, or one which constitutes the office of the latter. na
  41. Activity proper to anything, mode of action by which it fulfils its purpose; office-holder\'s duty, employment, profession, calling; religious or other public ceremony or occasion. social meeting of formal or important kind; (Math.) variable quantity in relation to other (s) in terms of which it may be expressed or on which its value depends; hence functionless a. (Vb) fulfil a f., operate, act. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  42. The special act, work, or office of any organ. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  43. n. [Latin] Act of executing; performance; discharge;—duty; office; employment; especially the duty proper to a particular character, relation, or official station;—trade; business;—the organic action of a part or member in an animal or vegetable body;—in mathematics, the relation of one quantity to another as derived from or formed by it, or as being dependent on and subordinate to its mutations. Cabinet Dictionary
  44. Discharge, performance; employment, office; single act of any office; trade, occupation; office of any particular part of the body; power, faculty. Complete Dictionary

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