sub·rou·tine | \ˈsəb-(ˌ)rü-ˌtēn \

Definition of subroutine 

: a subordinate routine specifically : a sequence of computer instructions for performing a specified task that can be used repeatedly

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Each agent is an autonomous subroutine that responds in reasonably human ways to other agents and the evolving disaster by switching among multiple modes of behavior—for example, panic, flight, and efforts to find family members. M. Mitchell Waldrop, Science | AAAS, "What if a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C.? Simulations of artificial societies help planners cope with the unthinkable," 12 Apr. 2018

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circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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computers : a set of computer instructions that performs a particular task, that is part of a larger computer program, and that can be used repeatedly

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