• "Fred was the first to be operated on."
    "Fred was the first to be operated on."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n operation the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.) "her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride"
    • n operation a planned activity involving many people performing various actions "they organized a rescue operation","the biggest police operation in French history","running a restaurant is quite an operation","consolidate the companies various operations"
    • n operation a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work "the operations in building a house","certain machine tool operations"
    • n operation a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available","he died while undergoing surgery"
    • n operation (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods "the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation","they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic"
    • n operation activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign) "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
    • n operation a business especially one run on a large scale "a large-scale farming operation","a multinational operation","they paid taxes on every stage of the operation","they had to consolidate their operations"
    • n operation (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents "the process of thinking","the cognitive operation of remembering"
    • n operation (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction) "it can perform millions of operations per second"
    • n operation process or manner of functioning or operating "the power of its engine determines its operation","the plane's operation in high winds","they compared the cooking performance of each oven","the jet's performance conformed to high standards"
    • n operation the state of being in effect or being operative "that rule is no longer in operation"
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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 year 1900, for a women to be a telephone operator she had to be between the ages of 17 and 26 and not be married
    • Operation (Surg) Any methodical action of the hand, or of the hand with instruments, on the human body, to produce a curative or remedial effect, as in amputation, etc.
    • Operation Effect produced; influence. "The bards . . . had great operation on the vulgar."
    • Operation (Math) Something to be done; some transformation to be made upon quantities or mathematical objects, the transformation being indicated either by rules or symbols.
    • Operation That which is operated or accomplished; an effect brought about in accordance with a definite plan; as, military or naval operations .
    • Operation The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral. "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."
    • Operation The method of working; mode of action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation
    • n operation Action; working; agency; exertion of power or influence; specifically, in psychology, the exertion of any mental power, especially an active power.
    • n operation A specific act or activity.
    • n operation The course of action or series of acts by which some result is accomplished; process. In surgery, the act or series of acts and manipulations performed upon a patient's body, as in setting a bone, amputating a limb, extracting a tooth, etc.
    • n operation In mathematics, the substitution of one quantity for another, or the act of passing from one to the other, the second quantity being definitely related to the first, either in value or in form. An operation must not be confounded with the process by which the operation is effected. Thus, there is but one operation of extracting the cube root of a number, but there are several different processes.
    • n operation In war, the act of carrying out preconcerted measures by regular movements: as, military or naval operations.
    • n operation The state of being at work; active exercise of some specific function or office; systematic action: as, the machine is in operation.
    • n operation Method of working; action.
    • n operation Power exercised in producing an effect; peculiar efficacy of action; characteristic property or virtue.
    • n operation Impulse; tendency to act.
    • n operation An operation for Dupuytren's contraction, consisting in the subcutaneous division of the contracted bands of the palmar fascia.
    • n operation For vaginal atresia: a method of dilatation by the use of the finger and dull instruments, rather than by cutting.
    • n operation The extraction of a nasal polypus by the aid of an incision made in the middle line of the soft palate.
    • n operation A medio-lateral operation of lithotomy, with an angular staff.
    • n operation See Dieffenbach's rhinoplastic operation and Indian rhinoplastic operation.
    • n operation For procidentia uteri: a denudation on the anterior and posterior walls of the vagina, and formation of longitudinal septum.
    • n operation A pure tarsometatarsal disarticulation. See Hey's operation.
    • n operation Subastragaloid operation.
    • n operation For hernia: an operation without opening the sac.
    • n operation An operation for staphylorrhaphy, in which liberating incisions are made on each side of the suture.
    • n operation Synonyms Procedure, etc. (see process), influence, effect.
    • n operation Embryotomy by decapitation.
    • n operation Amputation by a circular incision down to the bone.
    • n operation Removal of epithelioma of the lip by a V-shaped incision.
    • n operation An operation for the radical cure of hernia by closing the internal ring by a pad formed of the hernial sac.
    • n operation Excision of a wedge-shaped piece from the tarsus in order to restore the arch in fiat-foot.
    • n operation An operation for theclosure of harelip.
    • n operation Removal of the necrosed portion of a bone, allowing the cavity to fill with blood which clots and later becomes organized.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The best selling game in history for coin-operated machines is Pac-Man
    • n Operation art or process of operating, or of being at work: that which is done or carried out: agency: influence: method of working: action or movements: surgical performance
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  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “Being competent means the ability to control and operate the things in the environment and the environment itself.”
  • Lee Trevino
    Lee Trevino
    “How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice.”
  • 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. operatio,: cf. F. opération,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. operāri, -ātusopera, work, closely conn. with opus, operis, work.


In literature:

At almost the same moment the radio operator emerged from below on the run.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
Rachael, a shirt-waist operative of eighteen, had been at work three years.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
These earlier efforts had indeed, on land, been disastrous, but they had not been confined entirely to land operations.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
Some have become attached to operations in the human brain.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The first is of those who are powerful as well as rich, and conduct the operations of the vast political machine.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The deterrent power of active and dexterous operations from such a position was well known to our old tradition.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
Whether he shut his eyes or kept them open, the same illusions operated.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
Napoleon's operations in Italy, in 1796-7, furnish examples of what is here meant.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
We can't have any excuses of operations or desperately sick patients.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
They attributed all natural phenomena to the operations of spirits or gods.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie

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
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
In busy times he laboured at his gentle craft all day -
"No doubt you mean his Cal-craft," you amusingly will say -
But, no - he didn't operate with common bits of string,
He was a Public Headsman, which is quite another thing.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And yet I'm afraid, as I was at the funeral
I went to yesterday.
My friend's cold made-up face, granite among its flowers,
Her undressed, operated-on, dressed body
Were my face and body.
As I think of her and I hear her telling me
"Next Day" by Randall Jarrell
Twas at the camp of Rorke's Drift, and at tea-time,
And busily engaged in culinary operations was a private of the line;
But suddenly he paused, for he heard a clattering din,
When instantly two men on horseback drew rein beside him.
"The Hero of Rorke's Drift" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Tutte le opere Volumes 1 and 2: Le opere sacre e profane Volume 3: I ritratti by Rodolfo Pallucchini, by Paola Rossi Electa, 1000 pp.
As Carrier Ethernet increases in popularity for mobile backhaul and business services, operators are under increased pressure to meet more stringent service level agreements (SLAs) for their customers while reducing operations costs.
Based on data reviewed from BLM's Bond Review Report, mine operators had provided financial assurances valued at approximately $1.5 billion to guarantee reclamation costs for 1,365 hardrock operations on federal land managed by BLM.
Los Angeles, California (April 26, 2012) BACM Research – PaperlessArchives.com has announced the publishing of the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) report on Operation Foxley, The British plan for the assassination of Adolf Hitler.
Shipping Time Total Time=Operation Time + Shipping Time Default operation time is 30 business days from the day you place an order.
Brake Press Operators-Assembly-Machine Operators-Packaging -Maintenance Technicians-Extrusion Operators Plus Many More.
Multi-concept operator Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc named Jeff Carcara its chief operating officer.
Operating a press at 8,000 iph today is just not good enough — we need to operate at 15,000 iph and higher.
Services will operate on a reduced schedule from Saturday through Wednesday, and then on Nov 23 will operate on a reduced Saturday service schedule.
Fieldbus Foundation unveils Foundation for Remote Operations Management, which aims at transforming the industrial remote operations market.
Operator of 1st Stop and FarmCrest stores in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, has elected Richard Spresser president and chief operating officer.
The increase for the year was due to improved operating results at ESPN and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort partially offset by lower operating results at Disneyland Paris including the impact of the DLP debt charge.
Contractors and operators have made great strides in adopting safety management systems and sharply improving the safety of our operations.
Inter Parfums reported that third quarte sales fell 3.2% to $166.3 million European-based operations generated sales of $148.6 million, down 4%, while sales by U.S.-based operations rose 4% to $17.7 million.
Certification demonstrates that SSC's central station operators have passed the CSAA central station online operator training course.

In science:

An operator can only be interpreted as a complex-valued measurement if it is a normal operator, de fined as an operator that commutes with its adjoint, or equivalently an operator whose self-adjoint and anti-self-adjoint parts commute.
Random words, quantum statistics, central limits, random matrices
Since the simple pole term in the OPE of a Cartan generator with any operator can only give back the same operator, times a number (= the eigenvalue of the Cartan generator when applied to this operator), we know that gA′ g2 can only generate again the operator coupling to g2 .
gl(N|N) Super-Current Algebras for Disordered Dirac Fermions in Two Dimensions
Both energy operators in the disorder operator contract with energy operators, giving rise to two further energy operators in the same replicas.
Correlated correlation functions in random-bond ferromagnets
The disorder operator contracts with one energy operator and one spin operator, giving rise to one operator of each type with unchanged replica indices.
Correlated correlation functions in random-bond ferromagnets
Eq. (2.6) has the simple interpretation that the blocked operator {xn } obtained from the bare operator (x + y )n by integrating out the degree of freedom y is a linear combination of the base operators xm with the coefficients given by the operator mixing matrix Smn .
Renormalization of composite operators