subroutine

[ suhb-roo-teen ]
/ ˈsʌb ruˌtin /
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noun Computers.

an instruction sequence in a machine or assembly language program that can be prewritten and referred to as often as needed.Compare procedure(def 4a).

Nearby words

  1. subring,
  2. subroc,
  3. subrogate,
  4. subrogation,
  5. subround,
  6. subsample,
  7. subsatellite,
  8. subsc,
  9. subscapular,
  10. subscapular artery

Origin of subroutine

First recorded in 1945–50; sub- + routine

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British Dictionary definitions for subroutine

subroutine

/ (ˈsʌbruːˌtiːn) /

noun

a section of a computer program that is stored only once but can be used when required at several different points in the program, thus saving spaceAlso called: procedure
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