Associations to the word «Function»


FUNCTION, noun. What something does or is used for.
FUNCTION, noun. A professional or official position.
FUNCTION, noun. ​An official or social occasion.
FUNCTION, noun. A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.
FUNCTION, noun. (mathematics) A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.
FUNCTION, noun. (computing) A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.
FUNCTION, noun. (biology) The physiological activity of an organ or body part.
FUNCTION, noun. (chemistry) The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.
FUNCTION, noun. (anthropology) The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.
FUNCTION, verb. (intransitive) to have a function
FUNCTION, verb. (intransitive) to carry on a function; to be in action
FUNCTION CODE, noun. (computing) Any character used to specify a function of a piece of software or hardware (such as carriage return of a printer)
FUNCTION CODES, noun. Plural of function code
FUNCTION GENERATOR, noun. An electronic device used to generate a signal representing the periodic value of a given mathematical function, especially sine, square, triangle and sawtooth waveforms
FUNCTION GENERATORS, noun. Plural of function generator
FUNCTION KEY, noun. (computing) Any of a set of keys on a personal computer or terminal keyboard used to activate a predefined or programmable function.
FUNCTION KEYS, noun. Plural of function key
FUNCTION MULTIPLIER, noun. An electronic analog computing device that accepts as input two periodic functions and outputs their mathematical product
FUNCTION MULTIPLIERS, noun. Plural of function multiplier
FUNCTION OBJECT, noun. (computing) An object that encapsulates a function pointer (or equivalent).
FUNCTION OBJECTS, noun. Plural of function object
FUNCTION OVERLOADING, noun. (computing) A feature used in object-oriented programming that allows creating several functions or methods with the same name differing in the type of the input and the output parameters.
FUNCTION OVERLOADINGS, noun. Plural of function overloading
FUNCTION SPACE, noun. (mathematics) Any metric space whose elements are functions
FUNCTION SPACES, noun. Plural of function space
FUNCTION TABLE, noun. (mathematics) A printed tabulation of selected values of a function corresponding to selected independent variables; e.g. a table of logarithms
FUNCTION TABLES, noun. Plural of function table
FUNCTION WORD, noun. (linguistics) A word that has little meaning when standing alone, but instead serves to express grammatical relationships with other words within a sentence, or specify the attitude or mood of the speaker, such as prepositions, pronouns, auxiliary verbs, or conjunctions.

Dictionary definition

FUNCTION, noun. (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).
FUNCTION, noun. What something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?".
FUNCTION, noun. 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".
FUNCTION, noun. A relation such that one thing is dependent on another; "height is a function of age"; "price is a function of supply and demand".
FUNCTION, noun. A formal or official social gathering or ceremony; "it was a black-tie function".
FUNCTION, noun. 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".
FUNCTION, noun. A set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program.
FUNCTION, verb. 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".
FUNCTION, verb. 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".
FUNCTION, verb. Perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; "His wife officiated as his private secretary".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats