[fuhngk-shuh-nl] /ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/
of or relating to a or :
functional difficulties in the administration.
capable of operating or :
When will the ventilating system be functional again?
having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed:
functional architecture; a chair that is functional as well as decorative.
Also, functionalistic. (of a building or furnishing) constructed or made according to the principles of or primarily as a direct fulfillment of a material need.
Medicine/Medical. without a known organic cause or structural change:
a functional disorder.
Compare (def 5).
pertaining to an algebraic operation:
a functional symbol.
Linguistics. (of linguistic analysis, language teaching, etc.) concerned with the communicative role of language rather than, in addition to, or as the framework for its formal structure.
Mathematics. a that has a domain whose elements are , sets, or the like, and that assumes numerical values.
noun (pl) -ities
the quality of being functional
(computing) a function or range of functions in a computer, program, package, etc
of, involving, or containing a function or functions
practical rather than decorative; utilitarian: functional architecture
capable of functioning; working
(med) affecting a function of an organ without structural change
(maths) a function whose domain is a set of functions and whose range is a set of functions or a set of numbers
1630s; as a term in architecture, “utilitarian,” 1928; see function (n.) + -al (1). Related: Functionally; functionality.
functional func·tion·al (fŭngk’shə-nəl)
Affecting bodily functions but not organic structure, as a disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Compare organic.
Waffle for “features” or “function”. The capabilities or behaviours of a program, part of a program, or system, seen as the sum of its features. Roughly, “the things it can do”. Generally used in a comparative sense, e.g. “The latest update adds some useful functionality”.
[fuhngk-shuh-nl-ahyz] /ˈfʌŋk ʃə nlˌaɪz/ verb (used with object), functionalized, functionalizing. 1. to make .
- Functional language
language A language that supports and encourages functional programming. (1995-11-08)
noun, Linguistics. 1. the relative frequency of occurrence of words that are differentiated in one and the same position by only one distinctive feature. In English, the opposition of voiced and voiceless th has a low functional load being used only to distinguish such pairs as ether and either, or wreath and wreathe.
[fuhngk-shuh-nl] /ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or : functional difficulties in the administration. 2. capable of operating or : When will the ventilating system be functional again? 3. having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed: functional architecture; a chair that is […]