What does Operation mean?

Definitions for Operation
ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃənOper·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. operation(noun)

    the state of being in effect or being operative

    "that rule is no longer in operation"

  2. operation(noun)

    a business especially one run on a large scale

    "a large-scale farming operation"; "a multinational operation"; "they paid taxes on every stage of the operation"; "they had to consolidate their operations"

  3. operation(noun)

    a planned activity involving many people performing various actions

    "they organized a rescue operation"; "the biggest police operation in French history"; "running a restaurant is quite an operation"; "consolidate the companies various operations"

  4. operation(noun)

    (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)

    "it can perform millions of operations per second"

  5. operation, military operation(noun)

    activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

    "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"

  6. operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process(noun)

    a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body

    "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"

  7. operation, procedure(noun)

    a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work

    "the operations in building a house"; "certain machine tool operations"

  8. operation, functioning, performance(noun)

    process or manner of functioning or operating

    "the power of its engine determines its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"; "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"

  9. process, cognitive process, mental process, operation, cognitive operation(noun)

    (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents

    "the process of thinking"; "the cognitive operation of remembering"

  10. mathematical process, mathematical operation, operation(noun)

    (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods

    "the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation"; "they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic"

  11. operation(noun)

    the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.)

    "her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride"


  1. operation(Noun)

    The method by which a device performs its function.

    It is dangerous to look at the beam of a laser while it is in operation.

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis

  2. operation(Noun)

    The method or practice by which actions are done.

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis

  3. operation(Noun)

    A planned undertaking.

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis

  4. operation(Noun)

    A business or organization.

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis

  5. operation(Noun)

    a surgical procedure.

    She had an operation to remove her appendix.

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis

  6. operation(Noun)

    a procedure for generating a value from one or more other values (the operands; the value for any particular operands is unique)

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis

  7. operation(Noun)

    a military campaign (w:Operation Desert Storm)

    Etymology: From operari, from opus, operis


  1. Operation

    In its simplest meaning in mathematics and logic, an operation is an action or procedure which produces a new value from one or more input values, called "operands". There are two common types of operations: unary and binary. Unary operations involve only one value, such as negation and trigonometric functions. Binary operations, on the other hand, take two values, and include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and exponentiation. Operations can involve mathematical objects other than numbers. The logical values true and false can be combined using logic operations, such as and, or, and not. Vectors can be added and subtracted. Rotations can be combined using the function composition operation, performing the first rotation and then the second. Operations on sets include the binary operations union and intersection and the unary operation of complementation. Operations on functions include composition and convolution. Operations may not be defined for every possible value. For example, in the real numbers one cannot divide by zero or take square roots of negative numbers. The values for which an operation is defined form a set called its domain. The set which contains the values produced is called the codomain, but the set of actual values attained by the operation is its range. For example, in the real numbers, the squaring operation only produces nonnegative numbers; the codomain is the set of real numbers but the range is the nonnegative numbers.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. operation

    1. A military action or the carrying out of a strategic, operational, tactical, service, training, or administrative military mission. 2. The process of carrying on combat, including movement, supply, attack, defense, and maneuvers needed to gain the objectives of any battle or campaign.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Operation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #995

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Operation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1373

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Operation' in Nouns Frequency: #241

How to pronounce Operation?

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How to say Operation in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Operation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Operation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Operation in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    I deployed an entire operation — at significant risk — to rescue not only her, but the other individuals who had been held, and probably missed them by a day or two.

  2. Dmitry Peskov:

    It's important to understand that this operation is to support the Syrian army in the fight with ISIS and other extremist groups, there's a list of these groups, they all are known. Of course all targets are located in coordination with the Syrian army.

  3. Madelon Finkel:

    As I dug deeper, I realized that in a lot of these communities and counties there was a lot of coal mining going on in that area, and there were a lot of chemical industries that were in operation there.

  4. Luke Lichterman:

    Lichterman’s online store, http://www.huntinganddefense.com, takes digital payments, but without Luke Lichterman bank’s help Luke Lichterman would have been forced to used costly transaction services that would have taken a huge bite out of Luke Lichterman already-thin profit margins, Luke Lichterman said. I was aware of Operation Choke Point and that it was intended to make Operation Choke Point impossible for people with a fraudulent business to do banking, but I sell firearms, which is constitutionally protected, and am licensed by the federal government to sell firearms.

  5. Defense Ash Carter:

    There is now a criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people and this is an organized smuggling operation, targeting that is the way that the greatest effect can be had in the humanitarian dimension.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    • A. doom
    • B. attend
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