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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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.
North Bay Cancer Alliance is an independent community-based and operated nonprofit founded in 2005 whose principal function is helping North Bay residents take on cancer with financial, medical and informational solutions.
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.
The femur's shaft is surrounded by powerful muscles whose principal function is to move the hip, leg and knee joints.
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.
Rooftop equipment: Rooftops have traditionally been viewed as a building element whose principal function has been to provide protection from the elements.
to be viewed as the principal function of central banks," Bernanke said in remarks opening the three-day conference.
At the same time, we must be very clear that the principal function of a parliamentarian is to represent the people by devising laws in the common interest and holding government to account.
A principal function of the civic society is to examine the weekly planning list and, where appropriate, criticise or praise.
The aim of the activity, as stated in the learning outcomes, was to place pulse oximetry within the total context of oxygen delivery to individual body cells--the principal function of the cardiorespiratory systems.
Indeed, it was remarkable that she did not choke on the language congratulating the HRC for moving to expel Libya--an organization whose principal function has appeared to be finding new ways to denounce the mote in Israel's eye while ignoring the beam in the eyes of other states.

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