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 for routine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Routine \Rou*tine"\, n. [F., fr. route a path, way, road. See
     Route, Roterepetition.]
     1. A round of business, amusement, or pleasure, daily or
        frequently pursued; especially, a course of business or
        offical duties regularly or frequently returning.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Any regular course of action or procedure rigidly adhered
        to by the mere force of habit.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: found in the ordinary course of events; "a placid
             everyday scene"; "it was a routine day"; "there's nothing
             quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a
             quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant [syn: everyday,
             mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable,
      n 1: an unvarying or habitual method or procedure [syn:
           routine, modus operandi]
      2: a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer
         program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had
         a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he
         ever did" [syn: act, routine, number, turn, bit]
      3: a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
         [syn: routine, subroutine, subprogram, procedure,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  264 Moby Thesaurus words for "routine":
     Indian file, MO, accustomed, act, afterpiece, algorithm, approach,
     arranged, arrangement, array, articulation, assigned, attack,
     automatic, average, banal, bank, beat, beaten, beaten path,
     besetting, bit, boring, bureaucracy, bureaucratism, businesslike,
     buzz, catena, catenation, central, chain, chain reaction, chaining,
     chaser, chinoiserie, cliched, common, concatenation, concord,
     connection, consecution, constant, continuum, conventional, course,
     current, curtain, curtain call, curtain raiser, custom, customary,
     cycle, daily grind, deployment, descent, designated, disposal,
     disposition, divertimento, divertissement, dominant, drill, drone,
     endless belt, endless round, epidemic, epilogue, everyday, exode,
     exodus, expository scene, familiar, fashion, file, filiation,
     finale, form, formal, formation, formula, frequent, frequentative,
     gamut, gradation, grind, groove, guise, habit, habitual, hackneyed,
     harmonious, harmony, hoke act, hum, in hand, interlude,
     intermediary, intermediate, intermezzo, intermission, introduction,
     jog trot, layout, line, line of action, lineage, lines, lineup,
     manner, manner of working, many, many times, marshaling, mean,
     means, mechanical, medial, median, mediocre, medium, method,
     methodical, methodology, middle-of-the-road, middling, mode,
     mode of operation, mode of procedure, moderate, modus operandi,
     monotone, monotonous, nexus, normal, not rare, number,
     of common occurrence, oft-repeated, oftentime, order, ordered,
     orderly, ordinary, organization, pandemic, part, pattern, peace,
     pendulum, performance, perfunctory, periodicity, persistent, piece,
     plain, plan, plenum, popular, powder train, practice, predominant,
     predominating, prevailing, prevalent, procedure, proceeding,
     process, programmed, progression, prologue, proportion, queue,
     quiet, quietude, rampant, range, rank, recurrence, recurrent,
     recurring, red tape, red-tapeism, regnant, regular, regularity,
     reigning, repetitive, reticulation, rife, rotation, rote, round,
     row, ruling, run, run-of-the-mill, running, rut, scale, scene,
     schedule, scheduled, sequence, series, setup, shtick, single file,
     sketch, skit, song and dance, spectrum, squirrel cage,
     stand-up comedy act, standard, steady, stereotyped, string,
     striptease, structure, style, succession, swath, symmetrical,
     symmetry, system, systematic, tack, technique, tedious, the drill,
     the how, the way of, thick-coming, thing, thread, tier, tiresome,
     tone, track, train, tranquillity, treadmill, trite, turn,
     unchanging, uneventful, uniform, uniformity, unimaginative,
     uninteresting, unvaried, unvarying, usage, usual, way,
     well-ordered, well-regulated, well-trodden, well-worn,
     well-worn groove, windrow, wise, wont, wonted

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      (Or "procedure") A sequence of instructions
     for performing a particular task.  Most programming languages,
     including most machine languages, allow the programmer to
     define subroutines.  This allows the subroutine code to be
     called from multiple places, even from within itself (in which
     case it is called recursive).  The programming language
     implementation takes care of returning control to (just after)
     the calling location, usually with the support of call and
     return instructions at machine language level.
     Most languages also allow arguments to be passed to the
     subroutine, and one, or occasionally more, return values to
     be passed back.
     A function is often very similar to a subroutine, the main
     difference being that it is called chiefly for its return
     value, rather than for any side effects.

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