- a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
- a series of operations performed by the computer.
Origin of routine
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Amy Zimmerman|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jessica Ferri|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She seemed determined not to take direction, to poop on our rules and routines.
The Queen will not have any visitors and has ordered the the rest of the Royal family to continue their routines as normal.
There are months upon months when the cases are the merest of routines and the work is real drudgery.Agent Nine Solves His First Case|Graham M. Dean
Maybe she wasn't terribly good, or sufficiently drilled, yet, in her routines.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Since then house and porch and garden and routines had become like those of other places.Christmas|Zona Gale
They know their steps and routines perfectly, have mastered the physical side of dancing.The Art of Stage Dancing|Ned Wayburn
Routines such as those designed for report writing permit faster translation of management requirements into usable information.IBM 1401 Programming Systems|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for routines
Word Origin for routine
Word Origin and History for routines
1670s, from French routine "usual course of action, beaten path" (16c.), from route "way, path, course" (see route (n.)) + noun suffix -ine (see -ine (1)). Theatrical or athletic performance sense is from 1926. The adjective is attested from 1817, from the noun. Related: Routinely.