AskDefine | Define operable

Dictionary Definition

operable adj
1 capable of being treated by surgical operation; "an operable cancer" [ant: inoperable]
2 fit or ready for use or service; "the toaster was still functional even after being dropped"; "the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable"; "an operational aircraft"; "the dishwasher is now in working order" [syn: functional, usable, useable, in working order(p), operational]
3 usable for a specific purpose; "an operable plan"; "a practicable solution" [syn: practicable]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Able to be operated or used
  2. Able to be put into operation; practicable
  3. Able to be treated by surgery

Extensive Definition

Operability is the ability to keep a system in a functioning and operating condition.
In a computing systems environment with multiple systems this includes the ability of products, systems and business processes to work together to accomplish a common task such as finding and returning availability of inventory for flight.
In the gas turbine engine business, engine operability is the ability of the engine to operate without compressor stall or surge, combustor flame-out or other power loss. Operability engineers work in the fields of engine and compressor modeling, control and test to ensure the engine meets its ignition, starting, acceleration, deceleration and over-speed requirements under the most extreme operating conditions.
Operability is considered one of the ilities and is closely related to supportability and maintainability.
Operability also refers to whether or not a surgical operation can be performed to treat a patient with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.

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