- n (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)
- n what something is used for
the function of an auger is to bore holes
- n the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
the function of a teacher
- n a relation such that one thing is dependent on another
height is a function of age
price is a function of supply and demand
- n a formal or official social gathering or ceremony
it was a black-tie function
- n a vaguely specified social event
a seemingly endless round of social functions
- n a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
- v perform as expected when applied
- v serve a purpose, role, or function
The table functions as a desk
- v perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
- The brain, we're finding, is indeed a bordered organ, subdivided into zones and functions.
- The device packs quite a punch, but some functions could use improvement.
- Not only can the brain learn new tricks, but it can also change its structure and function--even in old age.
- President Bush in Voice of America
The bill that is before the House of Representatives tomorrow, is a bill that has got the best chance of providing liquidity credit, providing credit, providing money, so small businesses and medium-sized businesses can function,said...
- Gordon Brown in Bloomberg
The UK's steps to partially nationalize its banking industry provide "the necessary building blocks to allow banks to return to their basic function of providing cash and investment for families and businesses," Chancellor of the Exchequer...
- Barney Frank in Christian Science Monitor
Paulson's rejection of the status quo and his argument "that new regulation done properly enhances the function of the market rather than detracts from it," says Frank, have narrowed differences with Democrats.