What does function mean?

Definitions for function
ˈfʌŋk ʃənfunc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. function, mathematical function, single-valued function, map, mappingnoun

    (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)

  2. function, purpose, role, usenoun

    what something is used for

    "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

  3. function, office, part, rolenoun

    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"

  4. functionnoun

    a relation such that one thing is dependent on another

    "height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand"

  5. functionnoun

    a formal or official social gathering or ceremony

    "it was a black-tie function"

  6. affair, occasion, social occasion, function, social functionnoun

    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"

  7. routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, functionverb

    a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

  8. function, work, operate, go, runverb

    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"

  9. serve, functionverb

    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"

  10. officiate, functionverb

    perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function

    "His wife officiated as his private secretary"

Wiktionary

  1. functionnoun

    What something does or is used for.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  2. functionnoun

    A professional or official position.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  3. functionnoun

    An official or social occasion.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  4. functionnoun

    A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  5. functionnoun

    A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  6. functionnoun

    A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  7. functionnoun

    The physiological activity of an organ or body part.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  8. functionnoun

    The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  9. functionnoun

    The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  10. functionverb

    to have a function

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

  11. functionverb

    to carry on a function; to be in action

    Etymology: From function, from fonction, from functionem, accusative of function, from functus perfect participle of fungor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Functionnoun

    the act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance

    Etymology: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]

  2. Functionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]

  3. Functionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]

  4. Functionnoun

    the course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession

    Etymology: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]

  5. Functionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]

  6. Functionverb

    alt. of Functionate

    Etymology: [L. functio, fr. fungi to perform, execute, akin to Skr. bhuj to enjoy, have the use of: cf. F. fonction. Cf. Defunct.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Function

    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-emfungi, functus, to perform.]

Editors Contribution

  1. function

    To serve a purpose according to the creation or design.

    The function of the machinery was to ensure the crew spent less time doing manual work, it was very effective.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

Entomology

  1. Function

    the work or duty which a given part or organ normally performs.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1358

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1365

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Nouns Frequency: #334

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'function' in Verbs Frequency: #814

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of function in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of function in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of function in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays, i promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my 'ahead of schedule, under budget' mentality to the government.

  2. Ryan Pack:

    The more relaxed your mind is the more at peace you'll be, the better your mind will function, the more clear your thinking will be.

  3. David Frederick:

    One theory is that in ancestors of humans, orgasm occurred more easily because its function was to cause ovulation to occur. This happens in many animals, once the monthly menstrual cycle began regulating ovulation, orgasm was no longer coupled with reproduction for women. This allowed ability and ease of orgasm becoming more variable in women over millions of years and is why orgasm frequency is much more variable in women than in men.

  4. Lionel Trilling:

    A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.

  5. Darren Huston:

    [W]e don’t treat customer service as a cost center . . . and we don’t outsource customer service to save money. We apply the same rigorous hiring standards in that department as in any other function. We strongly believe that our service centers are a critical part of the customer experience and that if something goes wrong and we’re able to fix it, we’ll have that customer for life. And our data confirms that.” - Darren Huston

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Translations for function

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  • funksieAfrikaans
  • وظيفةArabic
  • funció, funcionarCatalan, Valencian
  • funkce, účelCzech
  • funktion, virke, fungereDanish
  • Funktion, Festveranstaltung, Funktionalität, Feier, Zweck, Aufgabe, fungieren, funzen, arbeiten, funktionieren, wirkenGerman
  • λειτούργημα, διαδικασία, αποστολή, συνάρτηση, λειτουργία, καθήκον, δεξίωση, τελετή, λειτουργώ, λειτουργώ ως, εργάζομαιGreek
  • funkcio, funkciiEsperanto
  • cargo, función, fungir, funcionarSpanish
  • funktsioonEstonian
  • تابعPersian
  • tapahtuma, tarkoitus, tilaisuus, tehtävä, toimi, funktio, käyttäytyminen, toiminta, toiminto, käydä, toimia, käynnissäFinnish
  • fonction, fonctionner, marcherFrench
  • feidhm, feidhmighIrish
  • funciónGalician
  • cruinnaghtManx
  • פונקציה, אירוע, תפקיד, תפקד, פעלHebrew
  • फलनHindi
  • függvény, funkció, működikHungarian
  • աշխատել, գործել, բանելArmenian
  • fungsiIndonesian
  • funcionoIdo
  • fallIcelandic
  • cerimonia, funzione, ricevimento, funzionareItalian
  • פונקציהHebrew
  • 機能, 関数, 職務, 動く, 作用する, 機能するJapanese
  • ფუნქციაGeorgian
  • 함수, 기능Korean
  • کار, کاروبارKurdish
  • fūnctiōLatin
  • fungsiMalay
  • functie, functioneren, fungeren, dienenDutch
  • funksjon, post, stilling, tilstelning, tilstellingNorwegian
  • funkcja, stanowisko, działać, funkcjonowaćPolish
  • função, funcionarPortuguese
  • llamk'ayQuechua
  • funcție, funcționaRomanian
  • функцияRussian
  • funkcija, svrha, službaSerbo-Croatian
  • funksionAlbanian
  • subrutin, bjudning, uppgift, funktion, åliggande, förrättning, syssla, kall, tillställning, fungera, tjänstgöra, verkaSwedish
  • тобеъTajik
  • ฟังก์ชันThai
  • fonksiyon, işlevTurkish
  • функціяUkrainian
  • 功能Chinese

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