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ROUTINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does routine mean? 

ROUTINE (noun)
  The noun ROUTINE has 3 senses:

1. an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
2. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
3. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

  Familiarity information: ROUTINE used as a noun is uncommon.


ROUTINE (adjective)
  The adjective ROUTINE has 2 senses:

1. occurring at fixed times or predictable intervals
2. found in the ordinary course of events

  Familiarity information: ROUTINE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ROUTINE (noun)


Sense 1routine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unvarying or habitual method or procedure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

modus operandi; routine

Hypernyms ("routine" is a kind of...):

procedure; process (a particular course of action intended to achieve a result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "routine"):

rat race (an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation)

groove; rut (a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape)


Sense 2routine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

routine; number; act; bit; turn

Context examples:

he did his act three times every evening / she had a catchy little routine / it was one of the best numbers he ever did

Hypernyms ("routine" is a kind of...):

performance; public presentation (a dramatic or musical entertainment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "routine"):

show-stopper; showstopper; stopper (an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down)


Sense 3routine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

subprogram; subroutine; procedure; routine; function

Hypernyms ("routine" is a kind of...):

computer software; package; software; software package; software program; software system ((computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "routine"):

service routine; utility routine (a routine that can be used as needed)

tracing routine (a routine that provides a chronological record of the execution of a computer program)

executive routine; supervisory routine (a routine that coordinates the operation of subroutines)

reusable routine (a routine that can be loaded once and executed repeatedly)

recursive routine (a routine that can call itself)

random number generator (a routine designed to yield a random number)

library routine (a debugged routine that is maintained in a program library)

contingency procedure (an alternative to the normal procedure; triggered if an unusual but anticipated situation arises)

cataloged procedure (a set of control statements that have been placed in a library and can be retrieved by name)

Holonyms ("routine" is a part of...):

computer program; computer programme; program; programme ((computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute)


ROUTINE (adjective)


Sense 1routine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring at fixed times or predictable intervals

Context example:

made her routine trip to the store

Similar:

regular (in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle)


Sense 2routine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Found in the ordinary course of events

Synonyms:

workaday; unremarkable; quotidian; mundane; everyday; routine

Context examples:

a placid everyday scene / it was a routine day / there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute

Similar:

ordinary (not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree)


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