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defun (short for "define function") is a macro in the Lisp family of programming languages that defines a function in the global environment[1] that uses the form:

(defun  (...) 

Defining the function addnumbers that adds two numbers:

 ;; Define a function that adds two numbers together:
 (defun addnumbers (number1 number2)
   (+ number1 number2))
 (addnumbers 5 4)

defining function square that squares a number:

 ;; Define a function that squares a number:
 (defun square (x) 
   (* x x))

and defining a function that returns the factorial of a number:

(defun factorial (number)
  (if (= number 1)
    (* number (factorial (- number 1)))))
(factorial 6)

See also


  1. ^ Macro DEFUN

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