routine has definitions from the fields of computer science,theater,performing arts
[ noun ] an unvarying or habitual method of procedure



Used in print

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

The days seemed short , perhaps because his routine was , each_day , almost the same .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

It was the same old routine .

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

This air of disengagement carried_over to his apparent attitude toward his things , and people often mistook it for boredom in him or a surrender to repetitious routine .

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

He had gotten stuck_with a job too big for his imagination ; he had to cling_to routine , tested procedures .

Related terms

procedure rut rat_race

[ adjective ] occurring at fixed times or predictable intervals


"made her routine trip to the store"

Used in print

(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)

Routine microscopic examinations were made of the mixed liquor as indicated by McKinney and Gram for the various types of protozoa .

Routine determinations were made for dissolved oxygen in the mixed liquor and for oxygen uptake rates .

The data given in Table 2 , show the routine operation of the aerator .

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[ adjective ] found in the ordinary course of events


"a placid everyday scene" "it was a routine day" "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant

Used in print

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

Skeptics may deny the more startling phenomena of dreams as things they have never personally observed , but failure to wonder at their basic mystery is outright avoidance of routine evidence .

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[ noun ] (theater,performing arts) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program


number act bit turn


"he did his act three times every evening" "she had a catchy little routine" "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"

Used in print

(The Providence Journal...)

The party at Floyd 's penthouse gave the `` chorines '' a chance for a nostalgic frolic through all those hackneyed routines which have become a classic choreographic statement of the era 's nonsense .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

When radio came_in , it continued the misplaced modifier in its routines as a standard device .

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performance show-stopper act

[ noun ] (computer science) a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program

Used in print

(Hugh Kelly and Ted Ziehe, "Glossary Lookup Made Easy"...)

If * * f was assigned as the information cell for * * f , the routine can detect that * * f is identical to * * f by comparing * * f with the form stored at location * * f .