What is operation?

  • (noun): The state of being in effect or being operative.
    Example: "That rule is no longer in operation"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "operation":

  • (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): 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): The activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.).
    Example: "Her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride"
  • (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"
  • (noun): A process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work.
    Synonyms: procedure
  • (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): (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"

Famous quotes containing the word operation:

    Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.
    Francis Bacon (1560–1626)

    Waiting for the race to become official, he began to feel as if he had as much effect on the final outcome of the operation as a single piece of a jumbo jigsaw puzzle has to its predetermined final design. Only the addition of the missing fragments of the puzzle would reveal if the picture was as he guessed it would be.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928)

    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)