• The Function of Accommodation
    The Function of Accommodation
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj functional designed for or capable of a particular function or use "a style of writing in which every word is functional","functional architecture"
    • adj functional (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing "in running (or working) order","a functional set of brakes"
    • adj functional involving or affecting function rather than physiology "functional deafness"
    • adj functional designed for or adapted to a function or use "functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical","functional architecture"
    • adj functional fit or ready for use or service "the toaster was still functional even after being dropped","the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable","an operational aircraft","the dishwasher is now in working order"
    • adj functional relating to or based on function especially as opposed to structure; it is a functional one" "the problem now is not a constitutional one","delegates elected on a functional rather than a geographical basis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Researches have discovered that eating five or more apples a week is linked to better functioning of the lungs
    • Functional Designed for or capable of a particular function or use; as, a style of writing in which every word is functional; functional architecture.
    • Functional Designed to emphasize practical utility rather than artistic or aesthetic purposes; as, functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical; functional architecture; an amateurish device, crude but functional .
    • Functional Fit or ready for use or service; useable; in working order; as, the toaster was still functional even after being dropped; the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still functional . Antonym of out of order and nonfunctional.
    • Functional (Pathology, Physiol) Pertaining to the function of an organ or part, or to the functions in general; involving or affecting function rather than physiology; as, functional deafness; a functional disease. See functional disease, below.
    • Functional Pertaining to, or connected with, a function or duty; official.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The human liver performs over 500 functions
    • functional Pertaining to functions; relating to some office or function.
    • functional Pertaining to an algebraical operation: as, a functional symbol.
    • functional Having the function usual to the part or organ: as, functional wings of an insect (that is, those used for flying).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fingerprints serve a function they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.
    • adj Functional pertaining to or performed by functions—opp. to Organic or Structural
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  • George Santayana
    “The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Business has only two functions -- marketing and innovation.”
  • Allan Bloom
    Allan Bloom
    “The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.”
  • H. R. Trevor-Roper
    H. R. Trevor-Roper
    “The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. function-emfungi, functus, to perform.


In literature:

Hence, any considerable quantity of alcohol taken into the stomach must for the time retard the function of digestion.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
For such a system the worthiest function of the universe should be to establish perpetual motion.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
These are the office, the function and the result to the subject (or victim) of Mediumship and Hypnotism.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
But in what manner does life enable these organs to perform their several functions?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The important function played by atmospheric oxygen in certain stages of the plant's growth has been long recognised.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
The animal functions of the human system are to be developed and strengthened by education.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Difference between their functions, 882.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
To devout women she assigns spiritual functions, dignities, and magistracies.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
But the body, wondrous as it is in its functions and its mechanism, is not the life.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
The Primary Function of the Armed Forces.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
It followed that the function of government was limited and definable.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
The function of the family.
"Rural Problems of Today" by Ernest R. Groves
When a university takes over the function of a political party or a church it ceases to perform its function as a university.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
One function of the secondary events of a story is to prepare the elements of the main events.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
The commission's function was to elaborate the Politburo's directives on reforming the school system.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
The whole system was alive, functioning with feverish activity.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
Function, since it is but the resultant of form, is also ephemeral.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
The performance of function does not cause life; it is life which causes function to be performed.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
He had denounced it as the Synagogue of Satan; on its part, it was assuming the functions of the Senate of Christendom.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
The functions of the goddess extended from the vegetable to the animal world, to the inhabitants of the woods and mountains.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

A palace she might well have graced.
And led its functions like a queen;
Instead, her life has run to waste,
The wraith of what it might have been.
"Mesalliance" by John Lawson Stoddard
'I am a very Leper in the Earth.
Her functions cast me out; her golden wheels
That harmless roll about unconscious Babes
Do crush me. My place knoweth me no more.
"Crazed" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Is it to feel our strength -
Not our bloom only, but our strength -decay?
Is it to feel each limb
Grow stiffer, every function less exact,
Each nerve more weakly strung?
"Growing Old" by Matthew Arnold
Through house and garden thus in state
We strutted early, strutted late,
Repeating with all proper unction,
Incessantly each holy function.
The best was wanting to the game;
"Playing At Priests" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Deep, he makes the stone of light,—
A heritage from reign to reign,
Of purest sparkle on the functional brow.
Life hangs upon his sight.
O Sun that Adam saw, I see thee now!
"Song The Tenth" by Thomas Aird
What the heart is! which, like carriers let fly—
Doff darkness, homing nature knows the rest—
To its own fine function, wild and self-instressed,
Falls light as ten years long taught how to and why.
"The Handsome Heart" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

In news:

Oldies acts tend to boil down their performances to one song, which tends to function not only as the nut of the concert, but also as the stylistic core from which all the rest of the repertory spins out.
Toyota's Smart Insect concept offers motion detectors that allow drivers to operate functions with gestures, such as opening doors with a wave of the hand.
This might be a part- or full-time bookkeeper to post transactions, write checks and handle other functions.
These four kitchens seamlessly pair high style with true functionality.
How does a sea star function without a brain.
If I can carry a tool that performs more than one function - that doesn't require on-going and increasing levels of training - then I believe we get greater value out of that tool.
Gallagher's was renamed an "Irish pub" and still functions as the Broiler 's bar and lounge.
Goes through pulmonary function testing for asthma with Debbie Rathman, a respiratory technician, at St Joseph Medical Center.
Stream Buke & Gase's Frankensteinian New EP Function Falls.
More than a symbol, it is a functioning antenna, a beacon of communication.
What does functional MRI measure.
2571523 A Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL user cannot use certain functionality of a HID device in Lync Server 2010.
Wisconsin's structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges.
Updated March 27, 2009: Search more than 2,020 bridges in Wisconsin deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration in 2008.
No matter the combination, functional food manufacturers are probably trying it.

In science:

Let F represent one of the following C-valued function classes: C (continuous functions), C ∞ (smooth functions), or P (polynomial functions).
Generalization of Harish-Chandra's basic theorem for Riemannian symmetric spaces of non-compact type
Like rational functions for genus 0, θ-functions are the building blocks of functions defined on a compact Riemann surface, and any such function is entirely determined by its behaviour near its poles, as well as by its integrals around irreducible cycles.
Large N asymptotics of orthogonal polynomials, from integrability to algebraic geometry
The WLRC partition function is aperiodic in the applied link unlike the WLC partition function which is periodic. ii) Quantitatively, the WLRC partition function is a better approximation to the SAWLC partition function than the PWLC partition function and works even for low forces.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
A leaf function X → Y between signed sets is a partial leaf function X → Y which is total (i.e., defined on the whole of X + + Y − ). A leaf function f : S → T between shapes is a leaf function f : |S | → |T | between the underlying signed sets.
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
They consider families of function field L-functions, where in this case a “family” of L-functions is the set of L-functions associated to a set of curves having certain properties.
Modeling families of L-functions
This formulation leads to new classes of noncommutative function spaces which appear in quantum probability as square functions, conditioned square functions and maximal functions.
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
L−i (cid:17)i>0i A = ZhL, L−1 , (cid:16) and the subring P (S ) of the ring of functions from the set of points of S to A generated by constant functions, definable functions S → Z and functions of the form Lβ with β definable S → Z.
Constructible exponential functions, motivic Fourier transform and transfer principle
Wave function in quantum mechanics is an example of a probabilistic function. Remark 5.4. There is one-to-one correspondence between nondeterministic functions and set-valued functions, in which values are some sets. Remark 5.5.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
Actually we show that the partial zeta functions of the Dedekind zeta functions for abelian extensions of Q, the Selberg zeta functions for congruence subgroups of SL2 (Z) and the Ihara zeta functions for finite regular graphs have natural boundaries on Res = 0.
Partial zeta functions
This function is then multiplied by the Fermi function and convolved with the instrumental energy resolution function, to obtain the functional form to be fit to the data .
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
Particles-cylindrical functions are a direct generalization of the usual notion of cylindrical functions. A particles-cylindrical function ψ is now a function of the connection A and of the momenta Λi .
Three Dimensional Loop Quantum Gravity: Particles and the Quantum Double
Only few physics books give their mathematical definition : the |E i are defined as functionals over the abstract Schwartz space and δ(E − E0 ) are functionals on the space of smooth rapidly decreasing functions (Schwartz space functions) S |R+ .
Time Asymmetry in Quantum Physics - I. Theoretical Conclusion from Resonance and Decay-Phenomenology
Any m-tuple (m ≥ 2) of functions containing a constant function is clearly functionally dependent, and therefore none of the inner functions of a minimal C decomposition is a constant function.
Subfunction relations defined by the clones containing all unary operations
Our detailed treatment makes it clear that the formula changes as one goes from one-point functions (i.e., the mean density of states, DoS), to two-point functions (e.g., the DoS-DoS correlation functions), to three-point functions, and so on.
Superbosonization formula and its application to random matrix theory
And indeed, the function B includes in its definition above precisely the (integrated) worldsheet (n − 1)-point function, times the 3-point function divided by the 2-point function (appearing in the worldsheet OPE).
The space-time operator product expansion in string theory duals of field theories