|1.||the natural action or intended purpose of a person or thing in a specific role: the function of a hammer is to hit nails into wood|
|2.||an official or formal social gathering or ceremony|
|3.||a factor dependent upon another or other factors: the length of the flight is a function of the weather|
|4.||maths, logic map, Also called: mapping a relation between two sets that associates a unique element (the value) of the second (the range) with each element (the argument) of the first (the domain): a many-one relation. Symbol: f(x) The value of f(x) for x = 2 is f(2)|
|5.||to operate or perform as specified; work properly|
|[C16: from Latin functiō, from fungī to perform, discharge]|
function func·tion (fŭngk'shən)
The physiological property or the special action of an organ or a body part.
Something closely related to another thing and dependent on it for its existence, value, or significance, such as growth resulting from nutrition.
A mathematical variable so related to another that for each value assumed by one there is a value determined for the other.
A rule of correspondence between two sets such that there is a unique element in the second set assigned to each element in the first set.
The general properties of a substance, depending on its chemical character and relation to other substances, that provide the basis upon which it may be grouped as among acids or bases.
A particular reactive grouping in a molecule.
|function (fŭngk'shən) Pronunciation Key
In mathematics, a quantity whose value is determined by the value of some other quantity. For example, “The yield of this field is a function of the amount of fertilizer applied” means that a given amount of fertilizer will yield an amount of whatever crop is growing.