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func|tion|al
func|tion|al «FUHNGK shuh nuhl», adjective, noun.
–adj.
1. of a function or functions: »

His mathematical work has been concerned with…functional analysis (Scientific American).

2. a) having a function; carrying out a function; working; acting: »

The functional wings of an insect are those used for flying.

b) having function as the primary basis of design: »

functional furniture, a functional support of a building.

3. useful in many ways; adaptable.
4. Medicine. of or having to do with the function of an organ rather than its structure; having no apparent organic cause: »

functional psychosis, functional heart murmur. Functional disease involves changes of activity, but without change in the body, as in such mental diseases as hysteria (Justina H. Hill).

–n.
Mathematics. a function whose value depends on all the values assumed by another function.
func´tion|al|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • func|tion|ar|y — «FUHNGK shuh NEHR ee», noun, plural ar|ies, adjective. –n. a person who has certain functions or duties to perform; an official: »a government functionary, a church functionary. –adj. official …   Useful english dictionary

  • func|tion — «FUHNGK shuhn», noun, verb. –n. 1. a) proper work; normal action or use; purpose: »The function of the stomach is to help digest food. The great general functions of plant parts…are conduction, support, storage, protection, and secretion (Fred W …   Useful english dictionary

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  • func·tion·al·i·ty — /ˌfʌŋkʃəˈnæləti/ noun, pl ties 1 [noncount] : the quality of having a practical use : the quality of being functional a design that is admired both for its beauty and for its functionality 2 : the particular use or set of uses for which something …   Useful english dictionary

  • func|tion|al|i|za|tion — «FUHNGK shuh nuh luh ZAY shuhn», noun. 1. the act or process of dividing into functions: »Mr. Healey…has started the process of greater functionalization in his department by giving his three Service Ministers new responsibilities (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • func|tion|al|ism — «FUHNGK shuh nuh LIHZ uhm», noun. 1. regard for the function and purpose of something, such as a building or piece of furniture, as the primary factor in regulating its design. 2. Anthropology. the ways in which different parts of a culture are… …   Useful english dictionary

  • func|tion|al|is|tic — «FUHNGK shuh nuh LIHS tihk», adjective. of or having to do with functionalism: »He disagreed with the functionalistic American s plan to use the Stoa as a museum (Time) …   Useful english dictionary

  • func|tion|al|ist — «FUHNGK shuh nuh lihst», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a person who believes that the function and purpose of a building, piece of furniture, or device should determine its style. 2. a person who builds or designs functional buildings, furniture, or… …   Useful english dictionary


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