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Definition of OPERATION

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Operation \Op`er*a"tion\, n. [L. operatio: cf. F. op['e]ration.]
     1. The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral. [1913 Webster]

              The pain and sickness caused by manna are the effects of its operation on the stomach. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

              Speculative painting, without the assistance of manual operation, can never attain to perfection.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. The method of working; mode of action.
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     3. That which is operated or accomplished; an effect brought about in accordance with a definite plan; as, military or naval operations. [1913 Webster]

     4. Effect produced; influence. [Obs.]
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              The bards . . . had great operation on the vulgar.
                                                    --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Math.) Something to be done; some transformation to be made upon quantities or mathematical objects, the transformation being indicated either by rules or symbols. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Surg.) Any methodical action of the hand, or of the hand with instruments, on the human body, to produce a curative or remedial effect, as in amputation, etc. [1913 Webster]

     {Calculus of operations}. See under {Calculus}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

162 Moby Thesaurus words for "operation": accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta, acting, action, activism, activity, adventure, affair, amphibious operations, amputation, anastomotic operation, appliance, application, attempt, behavior, bloodless operation, blow, bringing to fruition, business, business deal, campaign, capital operation, combined operations, commercial transaction, commitment, compensating operation, contract, control, corneal transplant, coup, crescent operation, deal, dealings, deed, direction, doing, doings, dry run, duty, effective, effectuation, efficacious, effort, elective operation, emergency operation, employment, end use, endeavor, engagement, enterprise, excision, execution, exercise, exercising, exertion, exploit, exploitation, exploratory operation, fait accompli, feat, fenestration operation, fluid operations, function, functional, functioning, gest, go, hand, handiwork, handling, heart transplant, immediate purpose, in effect, in force, interval operation, job, kidney transplant, logistics, major operation, management, managing, maneuver, maneuvers, manipulation, measure, military operations, minor operation, minor operations, mission, motion, move, movement, movements, negotiation, obligation, occupation, office, operating, operational, operational purpose, operations, operative, organ transplant, organ transplantation, overproduction, overseas operations, overt act, package deal, palliative operation, passage, performance, plan, play, practice, praxis, procedure, proceeding, production, productiveness, program, project, proposition, purpose, radical operation, realization, removal, res gestae, resection, role, running, section, staff work, step, stroke, stunt, surgical intervention, surgical operation, surgical technique, swing, task, the knife, thing, thing done, tour de force, transaction, transplant, turn, ultimate purpose, undertaking, use, using, utilization, venture, war game, war plans, work, working, workings, works


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