Definitions of functional

  1. 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"
  2. designed for or capable of a particular function or use; " a style of writing in which every word is functional"; " functional architecture"
  3. ( of e. g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; " in running ( or working) order"; " a functional set of brakes"
  4. ( pathology) involving or affecting function rather than physiology; " functional deafness"
  5. 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. 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"
  7. involving or affecting function rather than physiology; " functional deafness"
  8. Pertaining to, or connected with, a function or duty; official.
  9. Pertaining to the function of an organ or part, or to the functions in general.
  10. Performing a duty; official.
  11. Relating to a function or the functions.
  12. Pertaining to a function.
  13. Pertaining to or performed by functions:- opp. to ORGANIC or STRUCTURAL.
  15. Pertaining to functions; performed by the functions.
  16. Pert. to functions.
  17. Acting normally; acting or working part of an organ as distinct from the remainder.

Usage examples for functional

  1. For all of these reasons, it was impossible that any useful functional law could be obtained from the data. – The Earliest Electromagnetic Instruments by Robert A. Chipman
  2. The males are either not provided with any functional organs for eating, or have these imperfectly developed. – The Truth About Woman by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  3. In birds, however, the surface of the wing is supplied chiefly by feathers, and consideration of the matter affords no reason for supposing that the evolution of feathers was due to any external or functional stimulation. – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  4. It is too early to classify by kind of functional disorder the patients treated. – Civics and Health by William H. Allen
  5. It is difficult to diagnose functional disorders of the liver that are responsible for a diseased condition of some other body organ. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  6. Here, variations of form do not seem to imply, nor always to lead to, functional changes; and even if the cause of the variation is of a psychological nature, we can hardly call it an effort, unless we give a very unusual extension to the meaning of the word. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  7. In other words, from variations that are mainly functional? – Luck or Cunning? by Samuel Butler
  8. The effects produced in the liver are not so much functional as organic; that is, not merely a disturbed mode of action, but a destruction of the fabric of the organ itself. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  9. While functional disorders, in nearly every case, yield readily enough to the natural methods of living and of treatment and to the right mental attitude, it is different with organic diseases. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  10. In due course of time he gets well, and after having thrust upon him a life sentence, again returns to us with a mental disorder, the chief feature of which is a functional hemiplegia. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  11. Our second problem is to ascertain the nature of the change in the nerves, to find out, if possible, whether it is merely functional or an actual interference with the structure of either cells or fibres. – On Snake-Poison: its Action and its Antidote by A. Mueller
  12. They will remain in an abnormal, crippled condition, and their functional activity will be seriously handicapped. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  13. So far it seems to be severe functional disturbance- which is neurasthenia- aggravated by his wounds and general state. – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. The possible number of cells latent and functional in the central system is early fixed. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  15. It's almost functional with him, if I may say so'- which meant 'if you can understand me'- 'only, he's deliberately smothered it all these years. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  16. The two small hooks on the reverse indicate that the plate was for a shoulder belt rather than for a waist belt, and that it was ornamental rather than functional. – American Military Insignia 1800-1851 by J. Duncan Campbell
  17. It's a serious functional disorder of the heart; and there's very little hope indeed that you'll ever recover from it. – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  18. The functional theory, that is, allows a certain initial detachment of thought from reality, which must be bridged over by an empirical demonstration of its natural connection with preceding processes. – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  19. But she isn't improving as fast as she should, and Dr. Trent doesn't know whether or not to suspect functional complications. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009