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NOUN (3)

1. an unvarying or habitual method or procedure;
[syn: routine, modus operandi]

2. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;
- Example: "he did his act three times every evening"
- Example: "she had a catchy little routine"
- Example: "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
[syn: act, routine, number, turn, bit]

3. a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program;
[syn: routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, function]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. found in the ordinary course of events;
- Example: "a placid everyday scene"
- Example: "it was a routine day"
- Example: "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant
[syn: everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable, workaday]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Routine \Rou*tine"\, n. [F., fr. route a path, way, road. See Route, Roterepetition.] 1. A round of business, amusement, or pleasure, daily or frequently pursued; especially, a course of business or offical duties regularly or frequently returning. [1913 Webster] 2. Any regular course of action or procedure rigidly adhered to by the mere force of habit. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

routine adj 1: found in the ordinary course of events; "a placid everyday scene"; "it was a routine day"; "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant [syn: everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable, workaday] n 1: an unvarying or habitual method or procedure [syn: routine, modus operandi] 2: a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did" [syn: act, routine, number, turn, bit] 3: a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program [syn: routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure, function]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

264 Moby Thesaurus words for "routine": Indian file, MO, accustomed, act, afterpiece, algorithm, approach, arranged, arrangement, array, articulation, assigned, attack, automatic, average, banal, bank, beat, beaten, beaten path, besetting, bit, boring, bureaucracy, bureaucratism, businesslike, buzz, catena, catenation, central, chain, chain reaction, chaining, chaser, chinoiserie, cliched, common, concatenation, concord, connection, consecution, constant, continuum, conventional, course, current, curtain, curtain call, curtain raiser, custom, customary, cycle, daily grind, deployment, descent, designated, disposal, disposition, divertimento, divertissement, dominant, drill, drone, endless belt, endless round, epidemic, epilogue, everyday, exode, exodus, expository scene, familiar, fashion, file, filiation, finale, form, formal, formation, formula, frequent, frequentative, gamut, gradation, grind, groove, guise, habit, habitual, hackneyed, harmonious, harmony, hoke act, hum, in hand, interlude, intermediary, intermediate, intermezzo, intermission, introduction, jog trot, layout, line, line of action, lineage, lines, lineup, manner, manner of working, many, many times, marshaling, mean, means, mechanical, medial, median, mediocre, medium, method, methodical, methodology, middle-of-the-road, middling, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, moderate, modus operandi, monotone, monotonous, nexus, normal, not rare, number, of common occurrence, oft-repeated, oftentime, order, ordered, orderly, ordinary, organization, pandemic, part, pattern, peace, pendulum, performance, perfunctory, periodicity, persistent, piece, plain, plan, plenum, popular, powder train, practice, predominant, predominating, prevailing, prevalent, procedure, proceeding, process, programmed, progression, prologue, proportion, queue, quiet, quietude, rampant, range, rank, recurrence, recurrent, recurring, red tape, red-tapeism, regnant, regular, regularity, reigning, repetitive, reticulation, rife, rotation, rote, round, row, ruling, run, run-of-the-mill, running, rut, scale, scene, schedule, scheduled, sequence, series, setup, shtick, single file, sketch, skit, song and dance, spectrum, squirrel cage, stand-up comedy act, standard, steady, stereotyped, string, striptease, structure, style, succession, swath, symmetrical, symmetry, system, systematic, tack, technique, tedious, the drill, the how, the way of, thick-coming, thing, thread, tier, tiresome, tone, track, train, tranquillity, treadmill, trite, turn, unchanging, uneventful, uniform, uniformity, unimaginative, uninteresting, unvaried, unvarying, usage, usual, way, well-ordered, well-regulated, well-trodden, well-worn, well-worn groove, windrow, wise, wont, wonted
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

subroutine procedure routine (Or "procedure") A sequence of instructions for performing a particular task. Most programming languages, including most machine languages, allow the programmer to define subroutines. This allows the subroutine code to be called from multiple places, even from within itself (in which case it is called recursive). The programming language implementation takes care of returning control to (just after) the calling location, usually with the support of call and return instructions at machine language level. Most languages also allow arguments to be passed to the subroutine, and one, or occasionally more, return values to be passed back. A function is often very similar to a subroutine, the main difference being that it is called chiefly for its return value, rather than for any side effects. (1996-10-01)