The word "operation" as applied to behavior in recent methodological discussions should be thoroughly overhauled and given the full transactional status that such words as "process" and "activity" require. The military use of the word is suggestive of the way to deal with it.
adj. In a wargaming sense, a medium scale game in which units represent mid-size military formations (platoons & companies up to brigades, or so) over a moderate area (like a city or an area containing several cities). Typically these games represent a middle ground between strategic and. tactical games and sometimes use mechanics common in both scales. Such a game usually depicts a single battle or small campaign.
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"
being in effect or operation; "de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko; "bus service is in operation during the emergency"; "the company had several operating divisions"
Operational Objects are used by the LDAP server to provide informational about the server or to control how the server behaves. They live under the Root DSE) and can be interrogated to yield the secrets of the known universe.
A project is considered operational once the system is is fully functional or all civilians are hired and officers are realizing the maximum time savings as a direct result of the additional technology or personnel.