Definitions of function

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. 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. what something is used for; " the function of an auger is to bore holes"; " ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  5. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
  6. a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; " it was a black- tie function"
  7. a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; " height is a function of age"; " price is a function of supply and demand"
  8. ( mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
  9. perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; " His wife officiated as his private secretary"
  10. 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"
  11. a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
  12. The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession.
  16. 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.
  17. Alt. of Functionate
  18. A religious ceremony, esp. one particularly impressive and elaborate.
  19. A public or social ceremony or gathering; a festivity or entertainment, esp. one somewhat formal.
  20. The act or performance of any duty, office, or business; power; the office of any organ, animal or vegetable; public or official ceremony.
  21. To perform the duty or office for which a person or thing is intended.
  22. 1. The special action or physiological property of an organ or other part of the body. 2. The general properties of any substance, depending upon its chemical character and relation to other substances, according to which it may be grouped among the acids, bases, alcohols, or esters, etc. 3. To perform its special work or office, said of an organ or other part of the body; to functionate.
  23. Special organic action.
  24. 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.
  25. To perform or discharge a function: to act. Also FUNCTIONATE.
  27. Office; duty; performance.
  28. To act.
  29. The appropriate business, duty, or office of any person or thing.
  30. A public ceremony or entertainment.
  31. A dependent quantity.
  32. Functional.
  33. 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.
  34. Performance; office; employment; duty; the office of any bodily organ; power; faculty.
  35. The normal action proper to any organ or part.

Antonyms for function

malfunction, joblessness, misfunction, unemployment, avocation.

Quotes of function

  1. Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. – Louis D. Brandeis
  2. Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being. – Rita Mae Brown
  3. My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C, I learned everything else on my own, including studying computational complexity on my own. That's more a function of my age than anything else though- back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes. – Bram Cohen
  4. To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects. – Le Corbusier
  5. In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. – Ernst Fischer
  6. To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. – E. M. Forster
  7. Militarism is basically a way of thinking, a certain interpretation of the function of the state; this manner of thinking is, moreover, revealed by its outer forms: by armaments and state organization. – Christian Lous Lange
  8. There is no way for the American economic system to function without advertising. There is no other way to communicate enough information about enough products to enough people with enough speed. – John O'Toole
  9. In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function Its deliberative powers are paralyzed. – John Rawls
  10. 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. – Beverly Sills
  11. Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning. – Robert Smithson
  12. The function of posterity is to look after itself. – Dylan Thomas
  13. The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare. – Edward Thorndike
  14. My true function within a society which embraces all of us is to continue an age -old tradition. This tradition is to create images from the depths of the imagination and to give them form, whether visual, intellectual or musical. – Michael Tippett
  15. Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics, song and production are. – Gary Wright

Usage examples for function

  1. His chiefs learned early that so rare an organism was best left alone to function in harmony with its own nature. – The So-called Human Race by Bert Leston Taylor
  2. This, as I shall explain in another essay, is, to my mind, the proper function of criticism. – Since Cézanne by Clive Bell
  3. 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
  4. The main function of the House of Commons is one which we know quite well, though our common constitutional speech does not recognise it. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  5. But now his brain was beginning to function again, and the need to know was strong in his mind. – Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett
  6. He tied the fragments of the table together with rope that was afloat in the van, and attached the heavy iron bar whose function was to keep the doors closed. – The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  7. It is the very function of poetry to free us from that witch's circle of common sense which holds us fast in its narrow enchantment. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  8. It is the function of the State to do it. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  9. The first call at the home of any young lady of fashion is an extremely important social function and too great care can not be taken that you prepare yourself thoroughly in advance. – Perfect Behavior A Guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in all Social Crises by Donald Ogden Stewart
  10. The second function of the Council is exercised only at its first meeting, and consequently but once in three years. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  11. In actual experience men are too old to teach, or through any other function to move the minds of younger people in a forward direction, whenever they have lost the ability to change their own mind. – Prophets of Dissent Essays on Maeterlinck, Strindberg, Nietzsche and Tolstoy by Otto Heller
  12. By the word function is meant the special work which an organ has to do. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  13. And do you think you have been performing an ecclesiastical function here? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  14. Formerly, this function was exercised by old warriors who had captured enemies alive. – The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians by Clark Wissler
  15. In a long, low, shabby, ill- lighted room we were lined up against a counter, on the other side of which were two or three of our fellow prisoners- the first we had seen- whose function it was to fit us with prison suits. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  16. He arranged that Yeager should see the function from first to last. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  17. Then my function would be simply to watch? – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  18. When he had put on his best suit before the forty- seven dollar dresser and come out on the rare occasions when he could spare time for some function he was in many ways the most elegant person in all the company. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  19. That was my special function – The Story of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland and of the new Gospel of Interpretation by Edward Maitland
  20. Don't you know that this is a state function got up to welcome you and Mr Benson? – By Veldt and Kopje by William Charles Scully

Rhymes for function