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- The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
- Something that is useful.
- 1945 November and December, H. C. Casserley, “Random Reflections on British Locomotive Types—1”, in Railway Magazine, page 320:
- Undoubtedly it can be said that the humble 0-6-0 has been the backbone for general service, or general utility on British railways right from their earliest days, and is likely to remain so.
- (economics) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.
- (philosophy) Well-being, satisfaction, pleasure, or happiness.
- (business, finance) A natural or legal areal monopoly distributer of a commodity (less often a service) delivered in continuous flows to multiple consumers from a common physical, infrastructural network, such as an electric company or water company; or, the securities of such a provider.
- (computing) A software program designed to perform a single task or a small range of tasks, often to help manage and tune computer hardware, an operating system or application software.
- I've bought a new disk utility that can recover deleted files.
- 1982, InfoWorld (volume 4, number 10, page 35)
- The system includes an 8080 and a Z80 assembler, a Tektronix format downloader and other utilities.
- (sports) The ability to play multiple positions.
state or condition of being useful
something that is useful
economics: ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants
philosophy: well-being, satisfaction, pleasure
business: areal monopoly provider
computing: software program with specific task
- Having to do with, or owned by, a service provider.
- utility line; utility bill
- (Of a building or its components) containing or intended for any of a building’s often-utility-related commodity transport, such as pipes or wires, or converting equipment, such as furnaces, water tanks or heaters, circuit breakers, central air conditioning units, laundry facilities, etc.
- utility room; utility corridor
- Functional rather than attractive.
- 1943 March and April, “G.W.R. Rolling Stock Colours”, in Railway Magazine, page 106:
- "Chocolate and cream," the standard colours of G.W.R. rolling stock for 21 years, are now being replaced by an all-over utility coating of reddish-brown. This is the third time that a uniform brown has been adopted as the standard livery of G.W.R. carriages.
- (state of being useful): usefulness, value, advantages, benefit, return, merits, virtue, note
- See also Thesaurus:utility
utility m (plural utilitys)