• "Fred was the first to be operated on."
    "Fred was the first to be operated on."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v operate perform surgery on "The doctors operated on the patient but failed to save his life"
    • v operate happen "What is going on in the minds of the people?"
    • v operate perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
    • v operate handle and cause to function "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol","control the lever"
    • v operate keep engaged "engaged the gears"
    • v operate perform as expected when applied "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in","Does this old car still run well?","This old radio doesn't work anymore"
    • v operate direct or control; projects, businesses, etc. "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword guards, and slag. It appears that the forge was in operation as early as 1625 Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword...
Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting pot, part of a working hole, fragment from large melting pot, cullet (broken or refuse glass shown in lower left corner), and green glass fragments (lower center and lower right) Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S. there is, on average, three sex change operations per day
    • Operate To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence. "The virtues of private persons operate but on a few.""A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live."
    • Operate To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits.
    • Operate To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strength, physical or mechanical; to act.
    • Operate (Surg) To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.
    • Operate (Med) To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature;
    • Operate To produce, as an effect; to cause. "The same cause would operate a diminution of the value of stock."
    • Operate To put into, or to continue in, operation or activity; to work; as, to operate a machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation
    • operate To perform or be at work; exert force or influence; act: with on or upon governing the object of the action: as, the sculptor operates on the clay or marble of which he makes his figures; a machine operates on the raw materials submitted to it.
    • operate Specifically, in surgery, to perform some manual act upon the body of the patient, usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, or otherwise to improve the physical condition.
    • operate To produce an effect; act; work: used absolutely.
    • operate To produce the desired or appropriate effect; act effectively; be effectual in producing the result intended: as, the medicine operated well.
    • operate To carry on speculative transactions; buy and sell speculatively: with in: as, to operate in stocks; to operate in oil.
    • operate Synonyms 3 and 4. Act, Work, etc. See act.
    • operate To effect; produce by action or the exertion of force or energy; accomplish as an agent; cause.
    • operate To direct or superintend the working of; cause to move or perform the acts desired; work: as, to operate a machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest working Post Office in the world is located in the village of Sanquer, located in the Scottish Lowlands. It has been operating since 1712
    • v.i Operate op′ėr-āt to work: to exert strength: to produce any effect: to exert moral power: :
    • v.t Operate to effect: to produce by agency
    • n Operate an operator
    • n Operate a workman in a manufactory: a labourer
    • v.i Operate op′ėr-āt (med.) to take effect upon the human system
    • v.i Operate op′ėr-āt (surg.) to perform some unusual act upon the body with the hand or an instrument
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  • Lee Trevino
    Lee Trevino
    “How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice.”
  • Dr. Leo Troy
    Dr. Leo Troy
    “Never say oops in the operating room.”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    “The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.”
  • Henry Kissinger
    “It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “You couldn't tell if she was dressed for an opera or an operation.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. operatus, p. p. of operari, to work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor; akin to Skr. apas, and also to G. üben, to exercise, OHG. uoben, Icel. æfa,. Cf. Inure Maneuver Ure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. operāri, -ātusopera, work, closely conn. with opus, operis, work.


In literature:

Peter Mauclerc joined him, and a plan of operations was discussed.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
The operations of these divisions on the Vesle were under the Third Corps, Maj. Gen. Robert L. Bullard, commanding.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The English were not more successful at sea than they had proved in their operations by land.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
No one can be hypnotized unless the operator can make him concentrate his attention for a reasonable length of time.
"Complete Hypnotism: Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spiritualism" by A. Alpheus
He reduced the examination of truth to a purely mechanical operation.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Before long, he was secretary of the Hunters' Co-operative.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
Scarcely a day passes that they do not prevent robberies and cut short the operations of pickpockets.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Volsung, a descendant of Odin, was taken from his mother's womb by a surgical operation, after six years' bearing.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Neither can an operation or anything else.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
Though sometimes supplied, the co-operation of this arm was never asked for.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose

In poetry:

By shucks! It seems to me,
That you I orter be
Thankful, that our Ted could see
A way to operate it.
"Ezra on the Strike" by Ezra Pound
Convolv'd in awful gloom, he dwells alone
And speeds the dart, accountable to none.
Look nature through! his operations, there,
His boundless power and wond'rous love declare!
"Ethic Strains, On Subjects Sublime And Beautiful - Part I" by Thomas Odiorne
War shall yet be, and to the end;
But war-paint shows the streaks of weather;
War yet shall be, but the warriors
Are now but operatives; War's made
Less grand than Peace,
And a singe runs through lace and feather.
"A Utilitarian View Of The Monitor's Fight" by Herman Melville
"Yes, operations are so dear,
But it's your comfort and your cheer
To know your job's so steady here."
These are his words; so meek and mild,
He looks just like a simple child . . .
Go! darn it! Suddenly I'm riled.
"The Key Of The Street" by Robert W Service
Is it some operation that is taking place?
It is the surgeon my neighbors are waiting for,
This apparition in a green helmet,
Shining gloves and white suit.
Is it the butcher, the grocer, the postman, someone I know?
"The Bee Meeting" by Sylvia Plath
And the British Army resolved to operate on land,
And the appearance of the British troops were really grand;
And by the Earl of Albemarle the British troops were commanded,
All eager for to fight as soon as they were landed.
"The Capture of Havana" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Operation Full Court Press concludes a three week long, multi-agency marijuana operation in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, and Trinity counties.
Residents along Steele Avenue Extension in the town have organized to fight a proposed gravel and sand mining operation that would operate within hundreds of yards of their homes.
An Alert Operator Is a Safe Operator.
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. About 97% of online pharmacies are "rogue" operations operating outside US laws and regulations, according to a new report.
The service, operated by Solid Ground under contract with the City of Seattle, will begin operating on Monday, Oct 1.
I wrote last month about the start of Operation Urgent Fury, one of the stranger US military operations.
Illegal marijuana growers are increasingly using solar power to operate large-scale operations in an attempt to remain off the grid and avoid detection from law enforcement agents, authorities said.
The Canfield Local Board of Education on Wednesday, Sept 14 met and endorsed a plan to restore specific items in the daily operations of the school district should voters approve the November 2011 five-year operating levy.
A 24-hour general strike across Argentina has shut down operations at ports and airports, and for rail and trucking operations countrywide.
Flextronics will acquire Motorola's manufacturing operations in Tianjin, China, and also will assume management and operation of its plant in Jaguariuna, Brazil, according to the companies.
Stuart Stevens, chief strategist for the Romney campaign, is not amused that some GOP operatives and independent campaign analysts in Washington are knocking Romney's media and advertising operation.
During Operation Dry Water, June 25-27, the Division of Watercraft arrested eleven boat operators for being above the legal alcohol limit of.08.
Boundary Bay Airport operator Alpha Aviation operates the FBO, which opened in 2010 and was renamed last year.
) That operation was at the time Alabama's only operating brewpub , the first to open since Alabama changed its laws governing brewpubs in 2011.
Designed for wireless operation is the battery-operated Freedom ™ series from Chauvet DJ.

In science:

D space in operator form ˆxα , ˆpα , but also spin operators ˆsµν and gauge charge operators ˆTa .
A new quantum theory of gravity in the framework of general relativity
The operator LW is clearly an extension of the operator LW , and we present in Proposition 3.3 some properties of this operator.
Equilibrium fluctuations for gradient exclusion processes with conductances in random environments
We show that when the energy eigenvalues of a Hamiltonian are real and complete the operator V is a positive Hermitian operator, which has an associated square root operator that can be used to bring the Hamiltonian to a Hermitian form.
PT symmetry as a necessary and sufficient condition for unitary time evolution
Position operator R, angular momentum operator L and their cross product as R × L are three typical vector operators [1, 2] that are widely used to explore the quantum properties of the angular momentum , and various coherent states on the spheres [4–7].
A simple realization of gl(2,c) Lie algebra with vector operators on sphere
From here and (17), it follows that Ca(1−χ) is a compact operator since it can be estimated by a sum of a compact operator, and an operator bounded by an arbitrary small constant.
On a variant of Tartar's first commutation lemma