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Noun: operations  ,ó-pu'rey-shunz
  1. Financial transactions at a brokerage; having to do with the execution of trades and keeping customer records
    - trading operations
Noun: operation  ,ó-pu'rey-shun
  1. The state of being in effect or being operative
    "that rule is no longer in operation"
  2. A business especially one run on a large scale
    "a large-scale farming operation"; "a multinational operation"; "they paid taxes on every stage of the operation"; "they had to consolidate their operations"
  3. A planned activity involving many people performing various actions
    "they organized a rescue operation"; "the biggest police operation in French history"; "running a restaurant is quite an operation"; "consolidate the companies various operations"
  4. (computing) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)
    "it can perform millions of operations per second"
  5. (military) activity by a military or naval force (as a manoeuvre or campaign)
    "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force";
    - military operation, op [informal]
  6. (surgery) a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body
    "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available";
    - surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, op [informal]
  7. A process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work
    "the operations in building a house"; "certain machine tool operations";
    - procedure
  8. Process or manner of functioning or operating
    "the power of its engine determines its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds";
    - functioning, performance
  9. (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents
    "the cognitive operation of remembering";
    - process, cognitive process, mental process, cognitive operation
  10. (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods
    "they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic";
    - mathematical process, mathematical operation
  11. The activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.)
    "her smooth operation of the vehicle gave us a surprisingly comfortable ride"

Type of: action, activeness, activity, business activity, calculation, cognition, commercial activity, computation, computing, data processing, dealing, dealings, knowledge, medical procedure, noesis, physical process, process, transaction, work

Encyclopedia: Operations, administration and management