follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

operating

[op-uh-rey-ting] /ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
used or engaged in performing operations:
an operating surgeon.
2.
of, for, or pertaining to operations:
an operating budget.
3.
of or pertaining to the proper operation of a machine, appliance, etc.:
a manual of operating instructions.
4.
Railroads. of, pertaining, or belonging to railroad workers, as engineers or firemen, who are directly engaged in the mechanical operation of trains:
an operating union.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; operate + -ing1
Related forms
nonoperating, adjective
unoperating, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for operating

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for non

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends