• WordNet 3.6
    • n commodity articles of commerce
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Urine from men?s public urinals was sold as a commodity in Ancient Rome. It was used as a dye and for making clothes hard
    • Commodity A parcel or quantity of goods. "A commodity of brown paper and old ginger."
    • Commodity Convenience; accommodation; profit; benefit; advantage; interest; commodiousness. "Drawn by the commodity of a footpath.""Men may seek their own commodity , yet if this were done with injury to others, it was not to be suffered."
    • Commodity That which affords convenience, advantage, or profit, especially in commerce, including everything movable that is bought and sold (except animals), -- goods, wares, merchandise, produce of land and manufactures, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.
    • n commodity Accommodation; convenience; suitableness; commodiousness.
    • n commodity Profit; advantage; interest.
    • n commodity That which is useful; anything that is useful, convenient, or serviceable; particularly, an article of merchandise; anything movable that is a subject of trade or of acquisition.
    • n commodity Distribution of wares; parcel; supply.
    • n commodity Synonyms Merchandise, Goods, etc.
    • n commodity See property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Salt was once a very precious commodity, so much that many people were paid
    • Commodity convenience: : :
    • Commodity (Shak.) profit
    • Commodity (Shak.) parcel: an article of traffic
    • Commodity (pl.) goods, produce
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    “Advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.”
  • Aldo Leopold
    Aldo Leopold
    “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
  • Ludwig Von Mises
    Ludwig Von Mises
    “Government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper, and make it worthless by applying ink.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. commodité, fr. L. commoditas,. See Commode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. commoduscom, with, modus, measure.


In literature:

Dry fish and strong liquors are the only commodities for those parts.
"A Social History of The American Negro" by Benjamin Brawley
Yet when the trouble-hunters looked her up, she had a full line of samples of their favorite commodity to show them.
"Old Gorgon Graham" by George Horace Lorimer
A similar commode was sold in the Hamilton Palace sale for L4,305.
"Illustrated History of Furniture" by Frederick Litchfield
A portable telephone stood on a commode beside Mr. Skinner's bed, so the latter answered immediately.
"The Go-Getter" by Peter B. Kyne
In other commodities the average rates are inclusive of duty.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 331, May, 1843" by Various
Certain commodities were very scarce Rebecca remembers drinking coffee made of okra seed, that had been dried and parched.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
The admiral continued his voyage to the Nativity, and off Cape Angel some Indians came on board to barter their commodities.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
The keeper was not in sight, being in fact employed over a sale of some commodities within.
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I feasted them, and gave them several English commodities, and after two hours stay, they returned on shore.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX." by Robert Kerr
The messenger also desired that the Spaniards might be furnished with provisions, in exchange for their commodities.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr

In poetry:

"I am solid for Protection: but my creed I won't abuse
By mean tricks to shift the duty from commodities you use:
Nor shall I denounce with loathing Socialists' experiments
While I howl for State assistance for my own constituents.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis
To the landsman at home or the sailor at sea,
With nausea, scurvy, or canker maybe,
'Tis never in language to over exalt
The potent preservative virtue of salt--
A crystal commodity wholesome and good,
A cure for disease, and a savor for food.
"The Salt of the Earth" by Hattie Howard

In news:

The oligarchs , as they are known in Russia, rode surging world prices for oil, metals and other commodities to snap up assets in Russia and abroad.
Everyone complains about high prices on food and other essential commodities.
Technology for the enterprise can't be acquired in the same way that commodity products or standard supplies are.
IN THE large emerging markets, managing overheating —of asset and commodity prices—rather than overcoming deflation will be the main worry of policy makers.
Fruit and vegetable growers can learn about the protections that the federal Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act offers them during seminars sponsored by the Washington Growers Clearing House Association and other state commodity groups.
Forum panelists Doug Peterson, Chris Clayton and Dave Ladd answer questions regarding the fate of commodity payments in the 2012 Farm Bill.
Bursting flavors and a dazzling array of produce make Peruvian cuisine this Andean country's hottest commodity.
Major farm and commodity organizations released a statement indicating their strong disappointment in the House Republican leadership for not moving forward with the House Agriculture Committee's five-year farm bill before the August recess.
Steak is a rare commodity at our house.
With economic growth in Latin America exceeding the US and Europe and rising demand for commodities, the prospects for petrochemicals are promising.
Gunvor is part newfangled commodities dealer, part old-fashioned Soviet trading bureau.
I heard it again at a civic club meeting recently: "Wow, farmers must be making a killing with these commodity prices so high.".
Sunlight is a precious commodity for life on Earth.
Managing Editor Sunlight is a precious commodity for life on Earth.
Commodities Obey Supply and Demand (It's a Law).

In science:

Commodity clusters are best able to track technology improvements and respond most rapidly to new component offerings.
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Commodity clusters are made possible only because of the availability of adequate inter-node communication network technology.
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Commodity clusters incorporate one or more dedicated networks to support message packet communication within the distributed system.
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In comparison, the commodity cluster’s system area network (SAN) is committed to the support of such distributed computation on the cluster, employing separate external networks for interaction with environment services.
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Some problems require the high bandwidth and low latency found only in the tightly coupled massively parallel processing systems (MPP) and may not be well suited to commodity clusters.
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