- a customary or regular course of procedure.
- commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office.
- regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
- an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response: Don't give me that brotherly-love routine!
- a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
- a series of operations performed by the computer.
- an individual act, performance, or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer: a comic routine; a dance routine.
- of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine: routine duties.
- dull or uninteresting; commonplace.
Origin of routine
1670–80; < French, derivative of route route
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8. habitual, ordinary, typical.
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Examples from the Web for routines
There are good reasons why these routines are not making it into the tributes to Williams.The Political Passion of Robin Williams, From Reagan-Bashing to AIDS Prevention
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Harding attacked her routines with a resilience and tenacity that reflected her training and upbringing.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
January 15, 2014
We can't know for sure - presumably, both returned to their daily routines when the road-trip ended.On the Road, Old Bean: Two Brits Adventures in America
December 12, 2013
She seemed determined not to take direction, to poop on our rules and routines.My Dog Solha: From Afghanistan, With PTSD
March 13, 2013
The Queen will not have any visitors and has ordered the the rest of the Royal family to continue their routines as normal.How Sick Is The Queen?
March 4, 2013
Since then house and porch and garden and routines had become like those of other places.Christmas
Don't be satisfied to come into class and try to perfect your routines there.The Art of Stage Dancing
For an undeterminable length of time, he followed the routines of the bells.
A routine was followed, and all routines become dull and wearisome.The Fifth Leicestershire
Things here are rigidly scheduled, and you will learn the routines as the conditioning bells acquaint you with them.
- a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
- computing a program or part of a program performing a specific functionan input routine; an output routine
- a set sequence of dance steps
- informal a hackneyed or insincere speech
- of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route
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Word Origin and History for routines
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