Definition of operation :
1. 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.
2. Effect produced; influence.
3. Something to be done; some transformation to be made upon quantities, the transformation being indicated either by rules or symbols.
4. That which is operated or accomplished; an effect brought about in accordance with a definite plan; as, military or naval operations.
5. The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral.
6. The method of working; mode of action.
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action (part of speech: noun)
application (part of speech: noun)
- A minute or two later the situation had changed, and she knew it afterwards to have been by the subtle operation of Kate. - "The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2", Henry James.
- In such cases immediate operation is indicated. - "Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.", Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson.
- He couldn't have looked more relieved over the successful finish of a difficult operation. - "Mary Wollaston", Henry Kitchell Webster.