the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role.

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any ceremonious public or social gathering or occasion.

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a factor related to or dependent upon other factors: Price is a function of supply and demand.

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Mathematics. Also called correspondence, map, mapping, transformation. a relation between two sets in which one element of the second set is assigned to each element of the first set, as the expression y = x 2 ; operator. Also called multiple-value function. a relation between two sets in which two or more elements of the second set are assigned to each element of the first set, as y 2 = x 2 , which assigns to every x the two values y = + x and y = − x. a set of ordered pairs in which none of the first elements of the pairs appears twice.

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Geometry. a formula expressing a relation between the angles of a triangle and its sides, as sine or cosine. hyperbolic function.