I. noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from route traveled way Date: 1676 1. a. a regular course of procedure <
if resort to legal action becomes a campus routine — J. A. Perkins
b. habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <
the routine of factory work
2. a reiterated speech or formula <
the old “After you” routine — Ray Russell
3. a worked-out part (as of an entertainment or sports contest) that may be often repeated <
a dance routine
a gymnastic routine
; especially a theatrical number 4. a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task II. adjective Date: 1817 1. of a commonplace or repetitious character ; ordinary <
routine problems
2. of, relating to, or being in accordance with established procedure <
routine business
routinely adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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