- a mathematical process, as addition, multiplication, or differentiation.
- the action of applying a mathematical process to a quantity or quantities.
- a campaign, mission, maneuver, or action.
- Usually operations.the conduct of a campaign, mission, etc.
- operations,a headquarters, office, or place from which a military campaign, air traffic to and from an airfield, or any of various other activities, is planned, conducted, and controlled.
- operations,the people who work at such a headquarters.
Origin of operation
Related Words for operationaffair, use, transaction, force, deal, service, process, work, enterprise, agency, application, procedure, activity, action, effort, trip, exercise, movement, surgery, manipulation
Examples from the Web for operation
Contemporary Examples of operation
But they say its effect on the regular daily operation of organized crime has been negligible.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
The campaign was known to palace insiders as “Operation Mrs. PB.”Pulled Documentary Says William Felt ‘Used’ by Charles’ Push for Camilla
December 30, 2014
If the operation caused no physical damage, it would be in bounds.
If it was the United States, the operation will test the bounds of international law.
Historical Examples of operation
This operation is performed by a female, with the aid of a stamp.
This operation is performed by the aid of a punch and die fitted into a screw-press.
The physician replied that it was not far enough advanced for an operation.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He remembered the day Max had done the Edwardes operation, and how proud he had been of him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This operation takes about twenty minutes, and at one operation about 1½ cwt.
- a military or naval action, such as a campaign, manoeuvre, etc
- (capital and prenominal when part of a name)Operation Crossbow
- any procedure, such as addition, multiplication, involution, or differentiation, in which one or more numbers or quantities are operated upon according to specific rules
- a function from a set onto itself
late 14c., "action, performance, work," also "the performance of some science or art," from Old French operacion "operation, working, proceedings," from Latin operationem (nominative operatio) "a working, operation," from past participle stem of operari "to work, labor" (in Late Latin "to have effect, be active, cause"), from opera "work, effort," related to opus (genitive operis) "a work" (see opus). The surgical sense is first attested 1590s. Military sense of "series of movements and acts" is from 1749.