routine

[roo-teen]
noun
1.
a customary or regular course of procedure.
2.
commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office.
3.
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
4.
an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response: Don't give me that brotherly-love routine!
5.
Computers.
a.
a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
b.
a series of operations performed by the computer.
6.
an individual act, performance, or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer: a comic routine; a dance routine.
adjective
7.
of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine: routine duties.
8.
dull or uninteresting; commonplace.

Origin:
1670–80; < French, derivative of route route

routinely, adverb
routineness, noun
nonroutine, adjective, noun
unroutine, adjective
unroutinely, adverb

regular, routine.


8. habitual, ordinary, typical.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To routine
Collins
World English Dictionary
routine (ruːˈtiːn)
 
n
1.  a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
2.  computing a program or part of a program performing a specific function: an input routine; an output routine
3.  a set sequence of dance steps
4.  informal a hackneyed or insincere speech
 
adj
5.  of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
 
[C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route]
 
rou'tinely
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

routine
1676, from Fr. routine "usual course of action, beaten path" from route "way, path, course" (see route) + subst. suffix -ine. Theatrical sense is from 1926. The adj. is attested from 1817, from the noun.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
FOLDOC
Computing Dictionary

routine definition


subroutine

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In this age the quiet surface of routine is as often ruffled by attempts to resuscitate past evils, as to introduce new benefits.
Float along with us through your kitchen, closet, and daily routine to figure out your water footprint.
As you head back to school, see if you can add a few of these tips to your school routine.
Kathleen finds that she is helped by having a particular routine for her first half-hour of the morning.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature