- 1An activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing: bridges perform the function of providing access across water Vitamin A is required for good eye functionMore example sentences
- But it does play on social mores and our embarrassment about natural bodily functions, albeit in a crude way.
- This is because, the article argues, they are a similar frequency to the type of electrical activity natural to cellular functions and so may cause interference.
- When a breast can't perform its natural functions, many women find it difficult to accept it as part of their body.
- 1.1Practical use or purpose in design: building designs that prioritize style over functionMore example sentences
- Motorcycle exhausts are designed with style and function in mind.
- The reasons for docking originated in aesthetic design, function, early medical theory and even tax minimisation.
- The idea of function sounds very practical, very sensible, whereas beauty sounds a bit airy-fairy and a bit off in the clouds.
- 1.2A basic task of a computer, especially one that corresponds to a single instruction from the user.More example sentences
- Method and apparatus for presenting new computer software functions to a user based upon actual usage
- An icon is a graphic image that represents an available function on a computer's graphical user interface.
- Medical billing software with quick searching functions enables offices to quickly and effectively manage multiple databases worth of information.
- 2 Mathematics A relationship or expression involving one or more variables: the function (bx + c)More example sentences
- His work is almost exclusively on calculus, in particular differential equations and functions of a real variable.
- Then of course the relevant integrals involve odd functions, and it results that the centroid lies on the y-axis.
- For example, the exponent b in the rate functions of the expressions in Eq. 5 was assigned a universal value.
- 2.1A variable quantity regarded in relation to one or more other variables in terms of which it may be expressed or on which its value depends.More example sentences
- Spectral analysis decomposes a variable into underlying sine and cosine functions of particular wavelengths or cycles.
- Solving the equations of the best response functions gives expressions for equilibrium outputs.
- He found expressions for the Bessel functions as integrals involving Legendre functions.
- 2.2 Chemistry A functional group.More example sentences
- For instance, in the case of the two active stereoisomers we showed that only the stereochemistry at the amine and hydroxyl functions on the scaffold were important - the third chiral centre is not.
- The primary function of this system is the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide; secondary functions are phonation and olfaction.
- This points to the importance of this stretch of amino acids for the function of both proteins.
- 3A thing dependent on another factor or factors: class shame is a function of social powerMore example sentences
- If one part fails, all dependent functions fail too because of the interdependencies among the components.
- The children's flirtation with radicalism and terrorism is a function of two factors - time and opportunity.
- Where an agency is headed by a strong and credible leader, given a clear mandate to deliver, and the power to influence the functions of other departments and agencies, success can be achieved.
- 4A large or formal social event or ceremony: he was obliged to attend party functionsMore example sentences
- The crops of spring onions, lettuce and Chinese cabbage were given free to guests at a formal function to celebrate the event on Friday.
- ‘Oh, he's the smart one,’ she'd say with admiration at dinner parties and social functions.
- It was traditionally worn by kings, queens and other great figures of state during ceremonial events and functions.
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- 1Work or operate in a proper or particular way: her liver is functioning normallyMore example sentences
- Team efforts and long hours of work meant that the town was soon functioning normally.
- Her kidneys are working again, but we couldn't say they are functioning normally.
- He said the system had functioned well in the past and did not serve any specific group.
- 1.1 (function as) Fulfill the purpose or task of (a specified thing): the museum intends to function as an educational and study centerMore example sentences
- The tree was designed for a specific purpose, but it could no longer function as a tree.
- Boniface was also prominent in Frankish church reform and functioned as representative of the pope to the Franks.
- The more isolated the tasks are, the more you inhibit their ability to function as a team.
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- They are functionless things, and Rashid prefers his objects to have form and function.
- The general consensus is that the majority of the non-coding, non-regulatory DNA is functionless (the so called ‘junk DNA’).
- He chuckled at a perky, muff-like dog tottering along as if to remind the Swedes a British dog is what a dog is - unexpendable, functionless, highly ridiculous.
mid 16th century: from French fonction, from Latin functio(n-), from fungi 'perform'.