Conveniency

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conveniency A convenient or fit time; opportunity; as, to do something at one's convenience .
    • Conveniency Freedom from discomfort, difficulty, or trouble; commodiousness; ease; accommodation. "Thus necessity invented stools, Convenience next suggested elbow chairs.""We are rather intent upon the end of God's glory than our own conveniency ."
    • Conveniency That which is convenient; that which promotes comfort or advantage; that which is suited to one's wants; an accommodation. "A pair of spectacles and several other little conveniences ."
    • Conveniency The state or quality of being convenient; fitness or suitableness, as of place, time, etc.; propriety. "Let's further think of this;
      Weigh what convenience both of time and means
      May fit us to our shape."
      "With all brief and plain conveniency ,
      Let me have judgment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 7-Eleven was the first convenience store to have television advertising. The animated commercial ran in 1949 and had a singing rooster and owl
    • n conveniency Same as convenience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972), the mother of 12 children, had good reason to improve the efficiency and convenience of household items. A pioneer in ergonomics, Gilbreth patented many devices, including an electric food mixer, and the trash can with step-on lid-opener that can be found in most households today.
    • ns Conveniency suitableness: an advantage: any particular domestic accommodation, as a closet, &c
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Quotations

  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • Amy Vanderbilt
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    “We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him.”
  • Murray Kempton
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    “It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.”
  • Rachel Carson
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    “The control of nature is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.”
  • Mary Todd Lincoln
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    “My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.”

Idioms

Marriage of convenience - A marriage of convenience is a marriage or commitment made for financial, social or other benefit rather than love, affection, etc.
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Under a flag of convenience - If a ship sails under a flag of convenience, it is registered in a country where taxes, etc, are lower than in the country it comes from, so if someone does something under a flag of convenience, they attempt to avoid regulations and taxes by a similar means.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. convenientia, agreement, fitness. See Convenient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convenīre.

Usage

In literature:

But then she doesn't care so much as we do for music unless it is convenient.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Many things, which are called conveniences, we do not really need.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
The part chosen for the garden should be both convenient and safe.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The city grades down its hills for the convenience of reducing its sewer problem.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Anoint the face with this, leave it on twenty or thirty minutes, or over night if convenient, and wash off with warm water.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Possibly the staircase destroyed in 1789 led to this door, which was conveniently situated in the centre of a bay.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
For convenience, all men posted in the line of file closers.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The harbour is convenient and safe, and capable of containing a great number of vessels of the largest description.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
It rests upon a shelf, which can be put in any convenient place by a simple arrangement.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
It is now convenient to turn to the Christmas literature of Dickens.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
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In poetry:

"But if the host's a man like you -
I mean a man of sense;
And if the house is not too new - "
"Why, what has THAT," said I, "to do
With Ghost's convenience?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
"Taking Three as the subject to reason about—
A convenient number to state—
We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out
By One Thousand diminished by Eight.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Thy house and thy concerns in order set,
Like Hezekiah, with convenient care:
Thyself in readiness this moment get,
And still for death, before death comes, prepare.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
We ride through space upon your shoulders
Conveniently and lightly set,
And, so accustomed, we relax our hold,
Forget the gentle motion of your body--
But You do not forget.
"Gravikty" by Harold Monro
We ride through space upon your shoulders
Conveniently and lightly set,
And, so accustomed, we relax our hold,
Forget the gentle motion of your body — But You do not forget.
"Gravity" by Harold Munro
A land where Virtue in distress
Owes much to uncles in disguise;
Where British sailors frankly bless
Their limbs, their timbers, and their eyes;
And where the villain doth confess,
Conveniently, before he dies!
"Partant Pour La Scribie" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Police raid, padlock convenience stores in crackdown.
Is this a situation like the wave- particle duality of light, in which it is more convenient to think one way sometimes and another at other times.
An upgrade in safety, health and convenience.
This event provides residents of EDH a convenient place to discard old junk, green-waste, e-waste, and gently used household items.
(AP) — The state's Medicaid agency and largest health insurance company will no longer pay for women to give birth early for reasons of convenience.
The conveniences and efficiencies of a great hotel.
Dunn-Edwards has introduced Aristowall, a premium interior enamel product line that has the performance of traditional oil-based paint but the added convenience of water cleanup.
Master Bond Supreme 10HT is a uniquely versatile system that combines high shear and peel strengths with convenient handling.
This two-part adhesive comes packaged for convenience.
Convenient access to the information that drives purchase decisions is the main reason shoppers go online, according to a new survey conducted by the e-tailing group and sponsored by Oracle.
Ergonomic furniture is designed to give the user comfort and convenience, considering the physical limits of the worker.
Pfizer Animal Health announces two new, convenient base of ear locations for subcutaneous administration have been approved in beef and dairy cattle for EXCEDE (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension.
Amazon, beloved for its Kindle and its convenience.
The convenience store expects it will hand out five million of the popular frozen treats weighing — you guessed it — 7.11 ounces.
Americans love frozen dinners and entrees for their convenience, are impressed by the recent innovations in ease of preparation and are motivated to purchase new frozen products that look appealing in the store.
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In science:

While very convenient for explicit enumeration, the formula in Eq. (2) is not always convenient for theoretical arguments.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
For the reader’s convenience we shall recall definitions of a pair partition and of its number of crossings in Sect. 3.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
It is often convenient to work with the Fock space representations than with random variables themselves.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
Since F is a homogeneous space it is often convenient to use the well-known group-theoretical technique of writing tensor fields on F as equivariant maps from U S p(2n) to V where V is a representation space for the isotropy subgroup U (n).
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
For the convenience of the reader, we sketch a proof.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
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