From Middle French function, from Old French fonction, from Latin functionem, accusative of functiō (“performance, execution”), from functus perfect participle of fungor (“I perform, I execute, I discharge”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfʌŋ(k)ʃən/, /ˈfʌŋkʃn̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfʌŋkʃən/, [ˈfʌŋkʃɪ̈n], [ˈfʌŋkʃn̩]
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- Hyphenation: func‧tion
- Rhymes: -ʌŋkʃən
function (plural functions)
- What something does or is used for.
- 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
- Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.
- A professional or official position.
- A relation where one thing is dependent on another for its existence, value, or significance.
- (mathematics) A relation in which each element of the domain is associated with exactly one element of the codomain.
- (computing) A routine that receives zero or more arguments and may return a result.
- (biology) The physiological activity of an organ or body part.
- (chemistry) The characteristic behavior of a chemical compound.
- (anthropology) The role of a social practice in the continued existence of the group.
- (chemistry): acidity function
computing: Hyponyms of function
logic: Hyponyms of function
mathematics: Hyponyms of function
physics: Hyponyms of function
- (psychology): executive ego function
- (signal processing): spectral density function/spectral function
- (systems theory): control function
terms derived from function
what something does or is used for
professional or official position
relation where one thing is dependent on another
mathematics: a relation between a set of inputs and a set of permissible outputs
computing: routine that returns a result
biology: physiological activity of an organ or body part
chemistry: characteristic behavior of a chemical compound
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Translations to be checked
- (intransitive) to have a function
- (intransitive) to carry on a function; to be in action
to have a function
to carry on a function