What is operation?

  • (noun): A medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body.
    Example: "They will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"
    Synonyms: surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "operation":

  • (noun): Activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign).
    Example: "It was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
    Synonyms: military operation
  • (noun): Process or manner of functioning or operating.
    Example: "The power of its engine determine its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"
    Synonyms: functioning, performance
  • (noun): A process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work.
    Synonyms: procedure
  • (noun): A planned activity involving many people performing various actions.
    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"
  • (noun): The activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.).
    Example: "Her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride"
  • (noun): (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction).
    Example: "It can perform millions of operations per second"
  • (noun): The state of being in effect or being operative.
    Example: "That rule is no longer in operation"
  • (noun): A business especially one run on a large scale.
    Example: "A large-scale farming operation"; "a multinational operation"; "they paid taxes on every stage of the operation"; "they had to consolidate their operations"

Famous quotes containing the word operation:

    You may read any quantity of books, and you may almost as ignorant as you were at starting, if you don’t have, at the back of your minds, the change for words in definite images which can only be acquired through the operation of your observing faculties on the phenomena of nature.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)

    An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis. We call intuition here the sympathy by which one is transported into the interior of an object in order to coincide with what there is unique and consequently inexpressible in it. Analysis, on the contrary, is the operation which reduces the object to elements already known.
    Henri Bergson (1859–1941)