I saw vivid pictures of organ systems neatly packed into organisms to meet their function.
And Romney as Remainderman is not a function of mere circumstance, but an artifact of explicit calculation.
That includes supplies and roads and buildings that function as well as smart and able people to provide the care.
Do we want our electoral system to function like our Senate?
Cordon off a few key machines and the assembly line cannot function.
As to finding a function for you in society, there was no hesitation as to what that would be.
Torture comes, in the minds of many of us, to be not only His main function but His only function.
The same variety of function is acquired by the ear in its development from its simplest to its most complex form.
Duncan described the function in a letter to Kellogg as the time of his young life.
At this point we begin to see just what is the function of Homer who has inherited a vast mass of poetic material.
1530s, "proper work or purpose," from Middle French fonction (16c.) and directly from Latin functionem (nominative functio) "performance, execution," noun of action from functus, past participle of fungi "perform, execute, discharge," from PIE root *bheug- (2) "to use, enjoy" (see brook (v.)). Use in mathematics probably begun by Leibnitz (1692).
1856, from function (n.). Related: Functioned; functioning.
function func·tion (fŭngk'shən)
n.
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.
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.
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1. For each d in D there exists some c in C such that (d,c) is an element of f. I.e. the function is defined for every element of D.
2. For each d in D, c1 and c2 in C, if both (d,c1) and (d,c2) are elements of f then c1 = c2. I.e. the function is uniquely defined for every element of D.
See also image, inverse, partial function.
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A procedure is a function which returns no value but has only side-effects. The C language, for example, has no procedures, only functions. ANSI C even defines a type, void, for the result of a function that has no result.
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