**Function**

Many mammals have fur and other hairs that serve different functions. Hair provides thermal regulation and camouflage for many animals; for others it provides signals to other animals such as warnings, mating, or other communicative displays; and for some animals hair provides defensive functions and, rarely, even offensive protection. Hair also has a sensory function, extending the sense of touch beyond the surface of the skin. Guard hairs give warnings that may trigger a recoiling reaction.

Read more about this topic: Hair

### Other articles related to "function":

... In general, an integral over a set E of a

**function**f is written Here x need not be a real number, but can be another suitable quantity, for instance, a vector in R3 ... Just as the definite integral of a positive

**function**of one variable represents the area of the region between the graph of the

**function**and the x-axis, the double integral of a positive

**function**of ... The same volume can be obtained via the triple integral — the integral of a

**function**in three variables — of the constant

**function**f(x, y, z) = 1 over the above ...

... and integration are inverse operations if a continuous

**function**is first integrated and then differentiated, the original

**function**is retrieved ... fundamental theorem of calculus, allows one to compute integrals by using an antiderivative of the

**function**to be integrated ...

### Famous quotes containing the word function:

“If the children and youth of a nation are afforded opportunity to develop their capacities to the fullest, if they are given the knowledge to understand the world and the wisdom to change it, then the prospects for the future are bright. In contrast, a society which neglects its children, however well it may *function* in other respects, risks eventual disorganization and demise.”

—Urie Bronfenbrenner (b. 1917)

“The *function* of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.”

—Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)