Definition of Routine

1. Noun. An unvarying or habitual method or procedure.

Exact synonyms: Modus Operandi
Generic synonyms: Procedure, Process
Specialized synonyms: Rat Race, Groove, Rut

2. Adjective. Found in the ordinary course of events. "There's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"
Exact synonyms: Everyday, Mundane, Quotidian, Unremarkable, Workaday
Similar to: Ordinary
Derivative terms: Everydayness, Mundaneness, Mundanity

3. Noun. A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program. "It was one of the best numbers he ever did"
Exact synonyms: Act, Bit, Number, Turn
Generic synonyms: Performance, Public Presentation
Specialized synonyms: Show-stopper, Showstopper, Stopper
Derivative terms: Act, Act, Act

4. Noun. A set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program.

Definition of Routine

1. n. A round of business, amusement, or pleasure, daily or frequently pursued; especially, a course of business or offical duties regularly or frequently returning.

Definition of Routine

1. Noun. A course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure ¹

2. Noun. A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically ¹

3. Noun. A set piece of an entertainer's act ¹

4. Noun. (computing) A set of instructions designed to perform a specific task; a subroutine ¹

5. Adjective. According to established procedure. ¹

6. Adjective. Regular; habitual. ¹

7. Adjective. Ordinary with nothing to distinguish it from all the others. ¹

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Definition of Routine

1. a regular course of procedure [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Routine

router plane
routing number
routing numbers
routing slip

Literary usage of Routine

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"286) describes the results of a study of the kidney condition of 800 cases of scarlet fever, treated with routine doses of chloral hydrate, as compared with ..."

2. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"The routine testing of road and bridge materials. 2. ... routine TESTING OF MATERIALS. This work comprises the examination and analysis of tars, ..."

3. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John by Elisha Kent Kane (1856)
"While here in bed I will give the routine of a day in this spring-time of year:— "At 7.30 call 'all hands;' which means that one of the well trio wakes the ..."

4. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana (1897)
"comfortable weather, and into that routine of sea life which is only broken by a storm, a sail, or the sight of land. CHAPTER III. ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1857)
"Voracious as the rod of Aaron, routine devoured small abominations, ... routine, as we used to say in Persia, was the father and grandfather of ..."

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