- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɒpəˈɹeɪʃən/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɑpəˈɹeɪʃən/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: op‧e‧ra‧tion
- The method by which a device performs its function.
- It is dangerous to look at the beam of a laser while it is in operation.
- The method or practice by which actions are done.
- The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral.
- John Locke
- The pain and sickness caused by manna are the effects of its operation on the stomach.
- Speculative painting, without the assistance of manual operation, can never attain to perfection.
- John Locke
- A planned undertaking.
- The police ran an operation to get vagrants off the streets.
- The Katrina relief operation was considered botched.
- A business or organization.
- We run our operation from a storefront.
- They run a multinational produce-supply operation.
- (medicine) A surgical procedure.
- She had an operation to remove her appendix.
- (computing, logic, mathematics) a procedure for generating a value from one or more other values (the operands).
- (military) A military campaign (e.g. Operation Desert Storm)
- (obsolete) Effect produced; influence.
- The bards […] had great operation on the vulgar.
method by which a device performs its function
method or practice by which actions are done
the act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral
procedure for generating a value from one or more other values
- operation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- operation in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
operation f (plural operations)
- function; role
- 1595, Michel de Montaigne, Essais (in Middle French):
- C'est tesmoignage de crudité et indigestion que de regorger la viande comme on l'a avallée. L'estomac n'a pas faict son operation, s'il n'a faict changer la façon et la forme a ce qu'on luy avoit donné à cuire.
- It's testament of rawness and indigestion when one regurgitates meat in the same state as one swallowed it. The stomach hasn't done its function if it hasn't change the shape and the form of what one has given it to cook.