routine

A routine is like a habit or sequence that doesn't vary. There are daily routines and dance routines, and maybe even daily dance routines.

Something routine isn't unusual: routine things happen all the time. Most jobs have a routine — things that must be done on a regular basis. People often get surprised by things that aren't part of their routine, or "shake up their routine." Computer routines are predetermined and predictable. Singers and dancers also have routines — the planned performances they've (hopefully) been practicing.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: routine

1
nadj
an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
found in the ordinary course of events
2
n
a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
3
n
a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: routine
1

n an unvarying or habitual method or procedure

Synonyms:
modus operandi
Types:
rat race
an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation
groove, rut
a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape
Type of:
procedure, process
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result

adj found in the ordinary course of events

“it was a routine day”
Synonyms:
everyday, mundane, quotidian, unremarkable, workaday
ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
2

n a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

“she had a catchy little routine
Synonyms:
act, bit, number, turn
Types:
show-stopper, showstopper, stopper
an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
Type of:
performance, public presentation
a dramatic or musical entertainment
3

n a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

Synonyms:
function, procedure, subprogram, subroutine
Types:
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cataloged procedure
a set of control statements that have been placed in a library and can be retrieved by name
contingency procedure
an alternative to the normal procedure; triggered if an unusual but anticipated situation arises
library routine
a debugged routine that is maintained in a program library
random number generator
a routine designed to yield a random number
recursive routine
a routine that can call itself
reusable routine
a routine that can be loaded once and executed repeatedly
executive routine, supervisory routine
a routine that coordinates the operation of subroutines
tracing routine
a routine that provides a chronological record of the execution of a computer program
service routine, utility routine
a routine that can be used as needed
dump routine
a routine that writes from an internal store to some external medium
input routine
a routine that writes from an external source to an internal store
output routine
a routine that controls an output device
Type of:
computer software, package, software, software package, software program, software system
(computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory
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