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Definitions of function

  1. 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.
  2. To perform or discharge a function: to act. Also FUNCTIONATE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To act. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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 formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. A religious ceremony, esp. one particularly impressive and elaborate. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A public or social ceremony or gathering; a festivity or entertainment, esp. one somewhat formal. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Office; duty; performance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. 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.
  19. A public ceremony or entertainment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A dependent quantity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. The normal action proper to any organ or part. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  24. FUNCTIONALLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Functional. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for function

  1. Then my function would be simply to watch? – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  2. The evidence seems to show that they are in some way dependent on community of function – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
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