# operation

**operation: 1.** The method, act, process, or effect of using a device or system. (188) **2.** A well-defined action that, when applied to any permissible combination of known entities, produces a new entity, *e.g.* , the process of addition in arithmetic--in adding 5 and 3 to obtain 8, the numbers 5 and 3 are the operands, the number 8 is the result, and the plus sign is the operator indicating that the operation performed is addition. **3.** A program step, usually specified by a part of an instruction word, that is undertaken or executed by a computer. *Note:* Examples of operations include addition, multiplication, extraction, comparison, shift, transfer.

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