from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures: synonym: method.
  • noun The practice of such activities or procedures.
  • noun A scripted piece of entertainment, especially in a nightclub or theater.
  • noun Slang A particular kind of behavior or activity.
  • noun Computers A set of programming instructions designed to perform a specific limited task.
  • adjective In accord with established procedure.
  • adjective Habitual; regular.
  • adjective Having no special quality; ordinary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A round of business, amusement, or pleasure, daily or frequently pursued; especially, a course of business or offical duties regularly or frequently returning.
  • noun Any regular course of action or procedure rigidly adhered to by the mere force of habit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure
  • noun A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
  • noun A set piece of an entertainer's act
  • noun computing A set of instructions designed to perform a specific task; a subroutine
  • adjective According to established procedure.
  • adjective Regular; habitual.
  • adjective Ordinary with nothing to distinguish it from all the others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
  • adjective found in the ordinary course of events
  • noun a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
  • noun an unvarying or habitual method or procedure


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from route, route, from Old French; see route.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French routine


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