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operation

noun (n)

  • the state of being in effect or being operative (noun.state)
    Example:
    That rule is no longer in operation.
    source: wordnet30
  • a business especially one run on a large scale (noun.act)
    Example:
    A large-scale farming operation.
    A multinational operation.
    They paid taxes on every stage of the operation.
    They had to consolidate their operations.
    source: wordnet30
  • a planned activity involving many people performing various actions (noun.act)
    Example:
    They organized a rescue operation.
    The biggest police operation in French history.
    Running a restaurant is quite an operation.
    Consolidate the companies various operations.
    source: wordnet30
  • (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction) (noun.process)
    Example:
    It can perform millions of operations per second.
    source: wordnet30
  • activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign) (noun.act)
    Example:
    It was a joint operation of the navy and air force.
    source: wordnet30
  • a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body (noun.act)
    Example:
    They will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available.
    source: wordnet30
  • a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work (noun.act)
    Synonym: procedure
    Example:
    The operations in building a house.
    Certain machine tool operations.
    source: wordnet30
  • process or manner of functioning or operating (noun.process)
    Example:
    The power of its engine determines its operation.
    The plane's operation in high winds.
    source: wordnet30
  • (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    The cognitive operation of remembering.
    source: wordnet30
  • (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods (noun.act)
    Example:
    They were learning the basic operations of arithmetic.
    source: wordnet30
  • the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.) (noun.act)
    Example:
    Her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride.
    source: wordnet30
  • The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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