principal function

principal function

[′prin·sə·pəl ′fəŋk·shən]
(mechanics)
The integral of the Lagrangian of a system over time; it is involved in the statement of Hamilton's principle.
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The principal function of this retainer was to quarrel with the cook; in which respect he was a perfect Whittington, without his cat, or the remotest chance of being made Lord Mayor.
For Count Vogelstein was official, as I think you would have seen from the straightness of his back, the lustre of his light elegant spectacles, and something discreet and diplomatic in the curve of his moustache, which looked as if it might well contribute to the principal function, as cynics say, of the lips--the active concealment of thought.
He said that its principal function was to disperse industrial and commercial activities in the country for achieving a balanced regional growth and liquidate congestion at seaports by speeding up customs and port clearance.
It pointed out the claim of the NGO that its clients are the "poor sectors of society" is not a substantial factor to distinguish from other entities whose principal function is to lend money.
the mentor~s principal function is to listen and to ask questions.
FUNCTION The principal function of haemoglobin is to combine with and transport oxygen from the lungs and deliver it to all body tissues, where it's required for the chemical reactions of living cells.
As well as its principal function of showcasing the cream of Welsh livestock and the high quality food and drink produced in Wales, the show encompasses the wider spectrum of farming and rural life and successfully bridges the gap between town and country.
In light of the evidence we encountered in our research regarding the application of word order in BP (ABRACADO, 2013, 2003, 2001; PEZATTI, 1993; VOTRE, 1992; BRAGA, 1984; PONTES, 1987, among others), we propose to demonstrate that: (i) the principal, or most prevalent, function of OV order in BP is that of resuming a topic, or an aspect of a topic, in order to predicate about it; (ii) this function is composed, in fact, of three subfunctions: to establish contrast, to mitigate a previous statement, and to reinforce a topic that is being discussed; (iii) the principal function, mentioned above, and its subfunctions are mechanisms for expressing subjectivity in BP.
Education--it should be the principal function of suppliers, informing consumers how, why and when to use sun care products," insists Alyson Hogg, founder and chief executive officer of Vita Liberata, which earlier this year rolled out the NKD SKN sunless tanning line in the United States (it was originally introduced at Superdrug in the United Kingdom) at Walgreen Co.
The board's principal function is to oversee and administer the licensing of New Hampshire medical technicians.
But her principal function is to use the 750nm race as a platform for advancing racing and leadership sailing skills among her young Omani charges so that an all Omani women's entry becomes a sure fire certainty in the not too distant future.
In reality, it often happens that you go to a library because you want a book whose title you do know, but the principal function of the library, at least the function of the library in my house and that of any friend we may chance to visit, is to discover books whose existence we never suspected, only to discover that they are of extreme importance to us.

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