function

  • 1 Function — Func tion, n. [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. {Defunct}.] 1. The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; performance. In the function of his public …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 function — n 1 Function, office, duty, province are comparable when they mean the act, acts, activities, or operations expected of a person or thing by virtue of his or its nature, structure, status, or position. Function is the most comprehensive of these… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 function — 1. The noun has a number of technical meanings in mathematics and information technology, and has acquired general meanings that caused Fowler (1926) to categorize it as a popularized technicality. As a noun, it is often used somewhat… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 function — [fuŋk′shən] n. [OFr < L functio < pp. of fungi, to perform < IE base * bheug , to enjoy > Sans bhuṅktē, (he) enjoys] 1. the normal or characteristic action of anything; esp., any of the natural, specialized actions of a system, organ …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Function — may refer to:* Function (biology), explaining why a feature survived selection * Function (mathematics), an abstract entity that associates an input to a corresponding output according to some rule * Function (engineering), related to the… …

    Wikipedia

  • 6 function — I noun appropriate activity, assignment, business, chore, design, duty, employment, exploitation, mission, munus, occupation, office, officium, performance, purpose, pursuit, responsibility, role, task, usage, use, utility, work associated… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 Functĭon — (v. lat. Functio), 1) Verrichtung; Amtsverrichtung; daher Functioniren, ein Amt verrichten; 2) nach Kant die Einheit der Handlung, verschiedene Vorstellungen unter eine gemeinschaftliche zu ordnen; 3) die naturgemäße Thätigkeit eines Organs; 4)… …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 8 function — [n1] capacity, job action, activity, affair, behavior, business, charge, concern, duty, employment, exercise, faculty, goal, mark, mission, object, objective, occupation, office, operation, part, post, power, province, purpose, raison d’être*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 function — ► NOUN 1) an activity that is natural to or the purpose of a person or thing. 2) a large or formal social event or ceremony. 3) a computer operation corresponding to a single instruction from the user. 4) Mathematics a relation or expression… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Function — Func tion (f[u^][ng]k sh[u^]n), Functionate Func tion*ate, v. i. To execute or perform a function; to transact one s regular or appointed business. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 function — function, functionalism Although the use of the concepts of function and functionalism is usually associated with the work of Talcott Parsons in modern sociology, there is a long tradition of functional explanation in studying societies, and a… …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 12 Function — Function, lat. dtsch., Verrichtung; algebraischer Ausdruck für eine abhängige, aus andern unabhängigen Größen zu bildende veränderliche Größe; f.iren, verrichten, im Amte sein …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 13 function — function, logical …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 14 function — (n.) 1530s, proper work or purpose, from M.Fr. fonction (16c.) and directly from L. functionem (nom. functio) performance, execution, noun of action from functus, pp. of fungi perform, execute, discharge, from PIE root *bheug (2) to use, enjoy… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 15 function — A specific set of skills and resources that can be used to perform one or more activities that make up a postal process. Usually, several functions are associated with a single process …

    Glossary of postal terms

  • 16 function — /fungk sheuhn/, n. 1. the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role. 2. any ceremonious public or social gathering or occasion. 3. a factor related to or… …

    Universalium

  • 17 function — ▪ I. function func‧tion 1 [ˈfʌŋkʆn] noun 1. [countable] the purpose for which something is made or used, or the job that someone does; =role: • The main function of a cash machine is to provide people with cash when the bank is shut. • He was… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 18 function — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 purpose/special duty of sb/sth ADJECTIVE ▪ important, useful, valuable ▪ critical, crucial, essential, key, vital …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 function — 1 / fVN kSFn/ noun 1 (C) the purpose that something is made for, or the job that someone does: The function of a cash machine is to provide people with cash when the bank is shut. | perform a function: In your new job you will be expected to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 function — I UK [ˈfʌŋkʃ(ə)n] / US noun Word forms function : singular function plural functions *** 1) a) [countable/uncountable] the job that something is designed to do The function of advertising is to create a unique image for your company. perform a… …

    English dictionary