What is functional?

  • (adj): (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing.
    Example: "A functional set of brakes"
    Synonyms: running, operative, working
    See also — Additional definitions below


Generally, functional refers to something able to fulfill its purpose or function.

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Some articles on functional:

Functional Analog
... Functional analogs (functional analogues), are compounds that have similar physical, chemical, biochemical, or pharmacological properties ... An example of a functional analog (and structural analog) is morphine and heroin ... Functional analogs are not necessarily also structural analogs with a similar chemical structure ...
Functional - In Mathematics and Computer Science - In Software Engineering
... Functional design, a paradigm used to simplify the design of hardware and software devices Functional model, a structured representation of functions ...
Structured Analysis And Design Technique - Overview
... SADT can be used as a functional analysis tool of a given process, using successive levels of details ... The SADT supplies a specific functional view of any enterprise by describing the functions and their relationships in a company ... The SADT can depict simple functional relationships here and can reflect data and control flow relationships between different functions ...
Falcon (programming Language) - Paradigms - Functional
... Sigma-reductor, which allows programmers to write completely functional programs without the need to use any procedural construct, not differently from what is seen in Lisp ... (such as OOP or procedural approaches) in functional sequences, or to use functional evaluations during the course of otherwise procedural programs ... Functional sequences are represented by standard language arrays this means that sequences can be created, inspected and changed dynamically by the program itself ...
Functional Form
... In programming and mathematics, a functional form is an operator or function that can either be applied to other operators (i.e ... Examples of functional forms are function composition, construction, and apply-to-all, but there are numerous others ...

More definitions of "functional":

  • (adj): Relating to or based on function especially as opposed to structure.
    Example: "The problem now is not a constitutional one; it is a functional one"; "delegates elected on a functional rather than a geographical basis"
  • (adj): Involving or affecting function rather than physiology.
    Example: "Functional deafness"
  • (adj): Designed for or adapted to a function or use.
    Example: "Functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical"; "functional architecture"
  • (adj): Designed for or capable of a particular function or use.
    Example: "A style of writing in which every word is functional"; "functional architecture"

Famous quotes containing the word functional:

    Stay-at-home mothers, . . . their self-esteem constantly assaulted, . . . are ever more fervently concerned that their offspring turn out better so they won’t have to stoop to say “I told you so.” Working mothers, . . . their self-esteem corroded by guilt, . . . are praying their kids turn out functional so they can stop being defensive and apologetic and instead assert “See? I did do it all.”
    Melinda M. Marshall (20th century)

    Well designed, fully functional infant. Provides someone to live for as well as another mouth to feed. Produces cooing, gurgling and other adorable sounds. May cause similar behavior in nearby adults. Cries when hungry, sleepy or just because. Hand Wash with warm water and mild soap, then pat dry with soft cloth and talc. Internal mechanisms are self-cleaning... Two Genders: Male. Female. Five Colors: White. Black. Yellow. Red. Camouflage.
    Alfred Gingold, U.S. humorist. Items From Our Catalogue, “Baby,” Avon Books (1982)

    In short, the building becomes a theatrical demonstration of its functional ideal. In this romanticism, High-Tech architecture is, of course, no different in spirit—if totally different in form—from all the romantic architecture of the past.
    Dan Cruickshank (b. 1949)