What does functional mean?

Definitions for functional
ˈfʌŋk ʃə nlfunc·tion·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. functional(adj)

    designed for or capable of a particular function or use

    "a style of writing in which every word is functional"; "functional architecture"

  2. functional(adj)

    involving or affecting function rather than physiology

    "functional deafness"

  3. functional(adj)

    relating to or based on function especially as opposed to structure

    "the problem now is not a constitutional one; it is a functional one"; "delegates elected on a functional rather than a geographical basis"

  4. functional, usable, useable, operable, operational(adj)

    fit or ready for use or service

    "the toaster was still functional even after being dropped"; "the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable"; "an operational aircraft"; "the dishwasher is now in working order"

  5. functional(adj)

    designed for or adapted to a function or use

    "functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical"; "functional architecture"

  6. running(a), operative, functional, working(a)(adj)

    (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

    "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"


  1. functional(Noun)

    A function that takes a function as its argument; More precisely: A function y=f(x) whose argument x varies in a space of (real valued, complex valued) functions and whose value belongs to a monodimensional space. An example: the definite integration of integrable real functions in a real interval.

  2. functional(Noun)

    A scalar-valued linear function on a vector space

  3. functional(Noun)

    An object encapsulating a function pointer (or equivalent).

  4. functional(Adjective)

    In good working order.

  5. functional(Adjective)

    Useful; serving a purpose, fulfilling a function

    That sculpture is not merely artistic, but also functional: it can be used as a hatrack.

  6. functional(Adjective)

    Only for functional purposes, notably in architecture

    A functional construction element generally must meet higher technical but lower aesthetical requirements

  7. functional(Adjective)

    Having semantics defined purely in terms of mathematical functions, without side-effects.

  8. functional(Adjective)

    Of a disease, such that its symptoms cannot be referred to any appreciable lesion or change of structure; opposed to organic disease, in which the organ itself is affected.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Functional(adj)

    pertaining to, or connected with, a function or duty; official

  2. Functional(adj)

    pertaining to the function of an organ or part, or to the functions in general


  1. Functional

    In mathematics, and particularly in functional analysis and the Calculus of variations, a functional is a map from a vector space into its underlying scalar field, or a set of functions to the real numbers. In other words, it is a function that takes a vector as its input argument, and returns a scalar. Commonly the vector space is a space of functions, thus the functional takes a function for its input argument, then it is sometimes considered a function of a function. Its use originates in the calculus of variations where one searches for a function that minimizes a certain functional. A particularly important application in physics is searching for a state of a system that minimizes the energy functional. Transformations of functions is a rather more general concept, see Operator (mathematics).

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    Rank popularity for the word 'functional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4523

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    Rank popularity for the word 'functional' in Adjectives Frequency: #612

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of functional in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of functional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of functional in a Sentence

  1. Aaron David Miller:

    This agreement is highly flawed but it is functional.

  2. Harald Ott:

    What's important is to eventually let that limb become functional again.

  3. Rick Perry:

    Leadership does matter, and there are very functional places in this country.

  4. Yaqoob Baloch:

    It's not playable. It's a shame there's such a big place for football that's not functional yet.

  5. Simona Bonanno:

    These areas are not rich or decorated as the passengers' decks, they are very clean and simple, functional.

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  • funkční, funkcionálníCzech
  • funktionell, funktions, funktional, operativ, zweckmäßig, GebrauchsGerman
  • συναρτησιακός, λειτουργικόςGreek
  • funcionalSpanish
  • toimiva, käytännöllinenFinnish
  • fonctionnelFrench
  • funzionante, funzionaleItalian
  • 機能, 汎関数, 機能的, 関数オブジェクト, 便利Japanese
  • functioneel, operationeel, doelmatig, functionaal, werkend, functionerendDutch
  • funkcjonał, funkcyjny, działającyPolish
  • funcionalPortuguese
  • действовать, функциональный, работать, рабочий, функционировать, функционалRussian
  • funktionell, funktional, fungerandeSwedish
  • செயல்பாட்டுTamil
  • fonksiyonel, işlevsi, işlevselTurkish
  • פאַנגקשאַנאַלYiddish

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