What is 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
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "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"
  • (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): The state of being in effect or being operative.
    Example: "That rule is no longer in 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): A process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work.
    Synonyms: procedure
  • (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): 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

Famous quotes containing the word operation:

    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)

    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)

    It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding. The only idea of wit, or rather that inferior variety of the electric talent which prevails occasionally in the North, and which, under the name of “Wut,” is so infinitely distressing to people of good taste, is laughing immoderately at stated intervals.
    Sydney Smith (1771–1845)