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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OPERATING

In the movement to and from the operating room, the door stood open for a moment.

All the time I was sitting waiting, I kept thinking that it was you who were operating!

But that first case died because a sponge had been left in the operating field.

You were operating, with everybody standing by, saying how wonderful it was.

It was an operating table—and he was to be the subject of their operation!

Have all lights taken out of the operating room and the windows shaded.

At the time he was wounded he was operating a portable searchlight.

Obviously, it was exported to provide the means for operating the English mills.

No––has he an operating room where all sound can be shut out?

Naka Machi stepped to the operating table and dug into one of the drawers.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "to be in effect," back-formation from operation, or else from Latin operatus, past participle of operari "to work, labor, toil, take pains" (in Late Latin "to have effect, be active, cause"). Surgical sense is first attested 1799. Meaning "to work machinery" is from 1864 in American English. Related: Operated; operating. Operating system in the computer sense is from 1961.

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