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 formal or official social gathering or ceremony; " it was a black- tie function"
  6. a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; " height is a function of age"; " price is a function of supply and demand"
  7. ( mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
  8. perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; " His wife officiated as his private secretary"
  9. 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"
  10. a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
  11. The act of executing or performing any duty, office, or calling; per formance.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The course of action which peculiarly pertains to any public officer in church or state; the activity appropriate to any business or profession.
  15. 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.
  16. A religious ceremony, esp. one particularly impressive and elaborate.
  17. A public or social ceremony or gathering; a festivity or entertainment, esp. one somewhat formal.
  18. The act or performance of any duty, office, or business; power; the office of any organ, animal or vegetable; public or official ceremony.
  19. To perform the duty or office for which a person or thing is intended.
  20. 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.
  21. To perform or discharge a function: to act. Also FUNCTIONATE.
  23. Office; duty; performance.
  24. To act.
  25. The appropriate business, duty, or office of any person or thing.
  26. A public ceremony or entertainment.
  27. A dependent quantity.
  28. Functional.
  29. 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.
  30. Performance; office; employment; duty; the office of any bodily organ; power; faculty.
  31. The normal action proper to any organ or part.

Usage examples for function

  1. Then my function would be simply to watch? – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  2. 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
  3. 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
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. That was my special function. – The Story of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland and of the new Gospel of Interpretation by Edward Maitland
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. He arranged that Yeager should see the function from first to last. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  11. 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
  12. By the word function is meant the special work which an organ has to do. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  13. 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
  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. 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