— as in: Its main function is to...
of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
purpose, job, or natural activity
— as in: can’t function well without sleep
well on less than six hours of sleep a night; and I do best on nine.
work or operate — sometimes to work or operate normally or in a particular way
— as in: I’m attending a function tonight
I promised to attend their
tonight. I think it’s important that we show our support.
a social event or ceremony — especially one attended for work or out of a sense of duty
— as in: oxygen is a function of altitude
Their success is a
of their teamwork and practice.
saying one results from another; or saying that the amount of one thing is dependent upon the value of another.
— as in: Amazon’s new search function
I like Amazon’s new search
computer code that performs a specific task
— as in: a mathematical function
What is the
to calculate how much carpet is required to cover a rectangular room of a given length and width?
a formula or mathematical expression that describes a relationship between variables
For more specialized meanings in math and chemistry, see a comprehensive dictionary.
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