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A function written in Lisp is a list that looks like this:
(lambda (arg-variables...) [documentation-string] [interactive-declaration] body-forms...)
Such a list is called a lambda expression. In Emacs Lisp, it actually is valid as an expression--it evaluates to itself. In some other Lisp dialects, a lambda expression is not a valid expression at all. In either case, its main use is not to be evaluated as an expression, but to be called as a function.
12.2.1 Components of a Lambda Expression The parts of a lambda expression. 12.2.2 A Simple Lambda-Expression Example A simple example. 12.2.3 Other Features of Argument Lists Details and special features of argument lists. 12.2.4 Documentation Strings of Functions How to put documentation in a function.
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