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


French, from route, route, from Old French; see route.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French routine (Wiktionary)



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