utility

  • 1 Utility — U*til i*ty, n. [OE. utilite, F. utilit[ e], L. utilitas, fr. utilis useful. See {Utile}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being useful; usefulness; production of good; profitableness to some valuable end; as, the utility of manure upon… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 utility — util·i·ty n pl ties 1: fitness for some purpose or worth to some end 2 a: public utility b: a service or commodity provided by a public utility paid for rent and utilities; also: equipment or m …

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  • 3 Utility — (engl. ‚Nutzen‘, ‚Versorgungsbetrieb‘) bezeichnet ein Dienstprogramm, Software Werkzeug zur Verwaltung eines Betriebssystems einen Fahrzeugtyp wie zum Beispiel den Holden Utility Landing Craft, Utility, ein Mehrzweck Landungsboot siehe auch:… …

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  • 4 utility — ► NOUN (pl. utilities) 1) the state of being useful, profitable, or beneficial. 2) a public utility. 3) Computing a utility program. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ useful, especially through having several functions. ORIGIN Latin utilitas, from utilis …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 utility — late 14c., fact of being useful, from O.Fr. utilite usefulness (late 13c.), earlier utilitet (12c.), from L. utilitatem (nom. utilitas) usefulness, serviceableness, profit, from utilis usable, from uti (see USE (Cf. use) (v.)). As a shortened… …

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  • 6 utility — [yo͞o til′ə tē] n. pl. utilities [ME utilite < OFr utilité < L utilitas < utilis, UTILE] 1. the quality or property of being useful; usefulness 2. something useful 3. a) something useful to the public, esp. the service of electric power …

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  • 7 utility — /ju tiləti/, it. /u tiliti/ s. ingl. (propr. utilità ; pl. invar. o utilities ), usato in ital. al femm. (inform.) [spec. al plur., serie di istruzioni che facilitano, estendono o soccorrono le funzioni del sistema operativo o di un applicazione] …

    Enciclopedia Italiana

  • 8 utility — (izg. jutìliti) m DEFINICIJA inform. uslužni program, v. uslužan ETIMOLOGIJA engl …

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  • 9 utility — *use, usefulness Analogous words: suitability, fitness, appropriateness (see corresponding adjectives at FIT): value, *worth …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 utility — [n] serviceableness account, adequacy, advantage, advantageousness, applicability, appropriateness, avail, benefit, convenience, efficacy, efficiency, expediency, favor, fitness, function, point, practicality, productiveness, profit, relevance,… …

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  • 11 Utility — This article is about the economic concept. For other uses, see Utility (disambiguation). Part of a series on Utilitarianism …

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  • 12 utility — I. noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English utilite, from Anglo French utilité, from Latin utilitat, utilitas, from utilis useful, from uti to use Date: 14th century 1. fitness for some purpose or worth to some end 2. something useful or… …

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  • 13 utility — /yooh til i tee/, n., pl. utilities, adj. n. 1. the state or quality of being useful; usefulness: This chemical has no utility as an agricultural fertilizer. 2. something useful; a useful thing. 3. a public service, as a telephone or electric… …

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  • 14 Utility — The measure of the welfare or satisfaction of an investor or person. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * utility u‧til‧i‧ty [juːˈtɪlti] noun utilities PLURALFORM 1. [countable usually plural] COMMERCE a large company that provides… …

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  • 15 utility — A power company that owns or operates facilities used for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy, which is regulated at state and federal levels. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * utility u‧til‧i‧ty [juːˈtɪlti] noun… …

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  • 16 utility — noun 1 usefulness ADJECTIVE ▪ great, high ▪ limited, low ▪ potential ▪ overall ▪ …

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  • 17 Utility —   A regulated entity which exhibits the characteristics of a natural monopoly. For the purposes of electric industry restructuring utility refers to the regulated, vertically integrated electric company. Transmission utility refers to the… …

    Energy terms

  • 18 utility */*/ — UK [juːˈtɪlətɪ] / US [juˈtɪlətɪ] noun Word forms utility : singular utility plural utilities 1) [countable, usually plural] a public service such as gas, water, or electricity that is used by everyone utility companies public/privatized utilities …

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  • 19 Utility — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Utility >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 utility utility Sgm: N 1 usefulness usefulness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 efficacy efficacy efficiency adequacy Sgm: N 1 service service use stead …

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  • 20 utility — u•til•i•ty [[t]yuˈtɪl ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties, adj. 1) the state or quality of being useful; usefulness 2) something useful; a useful thing 3) a public service, as the providing of electricity, gas, water, a telephone system, or bus and railroad… …

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