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bodily functions

euphemism The normal workings of the body, especially those usually done in private, such as urinating or defecating. When you have three sons, bodily functions are a common topic of discussion around the house.
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function as (something)

To have a particular purpose or fill a certain role. Mrs. Smith will function as your homeroom teacher for the rest of the year now that Mrs. Jones is on maternity leave.
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bodily functions

Euph. anything the body does automatically or as a normal occurrence, especially urinating and defecating. The dog needed to go outside and perform her bodily functions. It is not polite to discuss bodily functions at the dinner table.
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function as

v.
To serve a purpose or play a role similar to that of something else: The beaks of some wading birds function as spears for catching fish.
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Set in the decaying industrial wasteland of North Carolina, it follows the spectacularly alienated lives of a group of mostly black teens desperately trying to invent something resembling a workable society out the detritus of their shared and functionless community.
Medical staff should abandon ties and "functionless" clothes such as white coats to try to combat deadly superbugs such as MRSA, a report has urged.
The ones I've encountered are essentially students with added fluff, functionless and smelly creatures with the ability to do little apart from sleep, slurp, disturb and empty.
Similarly, Elliot Dodd's sculptures employ this home-made aesthetic to create functionless yet immaculate models.
West's dizzying entwinement of art and design, the functionless and the functional, is particularly evident in his ongoing recombinatory installations of furniture, wall segments, and even complete rooms with "artworks" proper--be they his own or those of historical figures or contemporaries such as studio assistants, artist peers, and poets, who sometimes act as collaborators.
But it's disappointingly functionless for the price.> The rest of the chair was not made of equivalent quality materials.
With digital printing soon to make the offset press completely antiquated, Martin was able to repurpose this massive machine as a functionless artwork, stealing the tools of production only to adapt them to new conceptual purposes.
Placed with evident precision close to an open staircase from which visitors emerge into the main exhibition space, but decidedly off-center, this functionless doorway led anywhere and nowhere.
Two leaned against the wall, six others rested on pedestals--unadorned, immobile, and functionless. The presentation was clearly in a museum-like minimal aesthetic, but the objects themselves, with their individual greenish faux-bronze patina, recall more the cheap replicas sold in souvenir shops or sitting on mantelpieces in certain living rooms.
None of this debases the idea of abstraction, which is usually defined in terms of its functionless "autonomy." In fact, paying attention to the impure questions of use and viewer interaction does precisely the opposite.
The functionless lamps, bereft of their symbolic power and ridiculed as well, are little more than stains on the wall, a kind of visual noise.
Things we know well have been distanced from us, rendered functionless and abnormal, either throu gh somewhat childish arrangements (UFO's stacked and inverted plates) or sexual connotations (the more phallic Fluorescent and Candlestick and Candle).
In women, it obviously becomes useful as they turn older, but for men, nipples commonly appear functionless at any stage of their life.A
Fakir Hussain Shah praised the NICVD administration for establishing their chest pain unit at their health facility and urged the institute to take over their cardiology unit, which is lying vacant and functionless for last several years due to lack of trained and qualified staff.
Medical Superintendent of the Taluka Hospital Ghotki Dr Fakir Hussain Shah praised the NICVD administration for establishing their chest pain unit at their health facility and urged the institute to take over their cardiology unit, which is lying vacant and functionless for last several years due to lack of trained and qualified staff.