subroutine

noun 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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SUBROUTINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of subroutine for English Language Learners

  • 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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