subroutine


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sub·rou·tine

 (sŭb′ro͞o-tēn′)
n. Computers
A set of instructions that performs a specific task for a main routine, requiring direction back to the proper place in the main routine on completion of the task.

subroutine

(ˈsʌbruːˌtiːn)
n
(Computer Science) a section of a computer program that is stored only once but can be used when required at several different points in the program, thus saving space. Also called: procedure

sub•rou•tine

(ˈsʌb ruˌtin)

n.
an instruction sequence that a programmer can insert into a computer program as needed.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subroutine - a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer programsubroutine - a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
software, software package, software program, software system, computer software, package - (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory; "the market for software is expected to expand"
computer program, computer programme, programme, program - (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; "the program required several hundred lines of code"
cataloged procedure - a set of control statements that have been placed in a library and can be retrieved by name
contingency procedure - an alternative to the normal procedure; triggered if an unusual but anticipated situation arises
library routine - a debugged routine that is maintained in a program library
random number generator - a routine designed to yield a random number
recursive routine - a routine that can call itself
reusable routine - a routine that can be loaded once and executed repeatedly
executive routine, supervisory routine - a routine that coordinates the operation of subroutines
tracing routine - a routine that provides a chronological record of the execution of a computer program
service routine, utility routine - a routine that can be used as needed
Translations

subroutine

[ˌsʌbruːˈtiːn] Nsubrutina f

subroutine

[ˈsʌbruːtiːn] nsous-programme m

subroutine

[ˈsʌbruːˌtiːn] n (Comput) → sottoprogramma m
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At the instruction level, their typing rules are more abstract than ours: their rules guess the usage of local variables in a subroutine at the jsr instruction and use the information as a basis for type inference within the subroutine.
The units incorporate subroutines that allow the signals to be spread uniformly over any frequency range and the actual peak power can be controlled by phase aligning a user-defined set of tones (up to 16 using one generator and 32 using two).
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The following line states that if no file exists with the extension listed in the parameter line, the program should proceed to the subroutine labeled :NEXT.
The entry point to each subroutine is always the name itself, never the name plus an increment.
The purpose of this note is to explain the changes in the subroutine for reducing a symmetric banded matrix to tridiagonal form in the third edition of LAPACK [Anderson et al.
As discussed in Section 7, aliasing based on line numbers makes it problematic for a subroutine to return an uninitialized object.
Now suppose some compiler-writer computer scientists decide that arithmetic can be a language add-on, provided through a subroutine library, rather than as a feature built into the language.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX CXXThis subroutine will read the input dataXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
In the macro, several conditions must be true for the macro to execute a designated subroutine.