from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A prescribed, detailed course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure.
- n. A set of customary and often mechanically performed procedures or activities. See Synonyms at method.
- n. A set piece of entertainment, especially in a nightclub or theater: The audience laughed at the comedian's routine.
- n. Slang A particular kind of behavior or activity: Must you go into your hurt routine when you don't get your way?
- n. Computer Science A set of programming instructions designed to perform a specific limited task.
- adj. In accord with established procedure: a routine check of passports.
- adj. Habitual; regular: made his routine trip to the store.
- adj. Having no special quality; ordinary: a routine day.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure
- n. A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
- n. A set piece of an entertainer's act
- n. A set of instructions designed to perform a specific task; a subroutine
- adj. According to established procedure.
- adj. Regular; habitual.
- adj. Ordinary with nothing to distinguish it from all the others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A round of business, amusement, or pleasure, daily or frequently pursued; especially, a course of business or offical duties regularly or frequently returning.
- n. Any regular course of action or procedure rigidly adhered to by the mere force of habit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A customary course of action or round of occupation; a way or method systematically followed; regular recurrence of the same acts or kind of action: as, the routine of official duties; to weary of a monotonous routine.
- n. Fixed habit or method in action; the habitual doing of the same things in the same way; unvarying procedure or conduct.
- Habitually practised or acting in the same way; following or consisting in an unvarying round: as, routine methods or duties; a routine official.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
- adj. found in the ordinary course of events
- n. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
- n. an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
The word routine can be a bad word in many offices.
But part of my routine is a daily writing practice in a journal.
The Turkish foreign ministry said the government allowed the Iranian plane to continue to its destination Wednesday after what it described as a routine inspection of its cargo lasting several hours.
A Cargill spokesman said the Arkansas plant had passed all USDA performance standards despite what he called "routine" findings of salmonella Heidelberg.
But I'm not about to spend ten exchanges arguing over whether or not your routine is annoying.
(Part of the routine is a morning weigh-in, with the result recorded in my electronic Filofax.)
Weeks undertook what he calls a routine background check of Fuller by reading newspaper clips.
A senior administration official denied any disagreement between Albright and Shelton and expressed mild exasperation over what he described as routine low-level carping at the Pentagon.
Mozambican capital during what he called a routine visit, was asked
According to his school records, he's very intelligent but he does have issues: he's unemotional, frequently says inappropriate things, he's literal-minded, he gets fixated on minor details, he gets agitated when his routine is altered and he's extremely uncooperative when anything or anyone gets in the way of him doing what he wants. posted by redbarren at 10: 03 PM