Other forms: routines

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.

Definitions of routine
  1. noun
    an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
    synonyms: modus operandi
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    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
  2. adjective
    found in the ordinary course of events
    “it was a routine day”
    synonyms: everyday, mundane, quotidian, unremarkable, workaday
    not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
  3. noun
    a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
    “she had a catchy little routine
    synonyms: act, bit, number, turn
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    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
  4. noun
    a set sequence of movements or exercises performed during a competition or sporting event
  5. noun
    a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
    synonyms: function, procedure, subprogram, subroutine
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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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