• WordNet 3.6
    • adj convenient large and roomy (`convenient' is archaic in this sense) "a commodious harbor","a commodious building suitable for conventions"
    • adj convenient suited to your comfort or purpose or needs "a convenient excuse for not going"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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
    • Convenient Affording accommodation or advantage; well adapted to use; handly; as, a convenient house; convenient implements or tools.
    • Convenient Fit or adapted; suitable; proper; becoming; appropriate. "Feed me with food convenient for me.""Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient ."
    • Convenient Near at hand; easy of access. "Hereties used to be brought thither, convenient for burning."
    • Convenient Seasonable; timely; opportune; as, a convenient occasion; a convenient season.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • convenient Fit; suitable; proper; becoming: used absolutely or with to or for.
    • convenient Affording certain facilities or accommodation; commodious; serviceable; rendering some act or movement easy of performance or freeing it from obstruction: as, a very convenient staircase; a convenient harbor.
    • convenient Opportune; favorable: as, a convenient hour.
    • convenient At hand; easily accessible; readily obtained or found when wanted; handy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man robbed a convenience store and ran out with a bag full of cash. He got down the street and realized he had left his car keys on the counter. When he returned to the store, he was promptly arrested.
    • adj Convenient kon-vēn′yent suitable: handy: commodious
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “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
    Amy Vanderbilt
    “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
    “Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him.”
  • Murray Kempton
    Murray Kempton
    “It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.”
  • Rachel Carson
    Rachel Carson
    “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
    Mary Todd Lincoln
    “My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.”


Marriage of convenience - A marriage of convenience is a marriage or commitment made for financial, social or other benefit rather than love, affection, etc.
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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conveniens, -entis, suitable, p. pr. of convenire, to be suitable, to come. See Convene (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convenīre.


In literature:

If the bayonet is carried on the haversack: Draw the bayonet with the left hand and fix it in the most convenient manner.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
This is not the convenient part of a marriage of convenience.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
It would be a convenient deposit for our whale oil, of which, after the supply of Paris, there will be a surplus for re-exportation.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The supply port, for convenience, may be somewhat enlarged below.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
The place was absolutely without conveniences.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Circles of magnificent thrones were placed upon the floor in convenient locations for seeing.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
If the object is of considerable size it is most conveniently heated on the forge; if small the blowpipe is more convenient.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Poles of any kind may be used instead of rails, if more convenient.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
Basket-like cavities are on their legs, where they pack the pollen of flowers into little pellets, convenient to bring home.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
For convenience the United States is divided into forty-eight states and each state is divided into counties.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
When wood was convenient, the fire was large, the red coals abundant, and the meal soon prepared.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
And a desk was far more convenient for doing paperwork than a lap.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
My little apartment, consisting of three rooms and other conveniences, is a perfect curiosity of completeness.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
When fully grown, it ceases to eat, and begins to wander about in search of a convenient spot for the coming event.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
Cut some to take home if you like, only don't take more than you can conveniently carry.
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
This celebrated lake, on the western side of Scotland, may be conveniently reached from Glasgow.
"Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c." by William Blacker
The shield proved convenient in case the deal fell through.
"Seeing Things at Night" by Heywood Broun
The material used is whatever may be most ready to the hand: stones, sods, brush, or dead timber, if this be convenient.
"Odd People" by Mayne Reid
Each one is good form, and the choice is merely a matter of taste and convenience.
"Book of Etiquette" by Lillian Eichler
The county buildings are neat and convenient.
"Fifty Years In The Northwest" by William Henry Carman Folsom

In poetry:

There is no convenient time
In the future. Now—to-day,
You may wake, may conquer crime;
But, alas! to-morrow—nay!
"Felix trembled" by John Bowring
Friendship is thing of convenience,
And happiness does not exist;
Hope something far in the distance;
Honor’s a prize fighter’s fist.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
When he reasoned thus—"Canst thou
Judgment shun, who shunn'st not crime?"
Felix trembling cried, "Not now;
Wait a more convenient time!"
"Felix trembled" by John Bowring
To every State went forth the claim,
How e'er convenient or remote,
And everywhere, in freedom's name,
They pressed the freedman's right to vote.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
or mere convenience, is obvious, why they drop
or murder one another
clear enough: how they create, though, a common world
between them, like Bombelli's
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
What, was it all for naught, those awful years
That drenched a groaning land with blood and tears?
Was it to leave this sly convenient hell,
That brother fighting his own brother fell?
"To The South" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The SL3 desktop laser has best-in-class portability, convenience, and value.
Hot-water dispenser 's convenience costs.
Hot-water dispenser 's convenience costs water, sink, hot, kitchen, supply, dispenser , available, installed, units, electrical.
BP PLC is selling 114 gas stations and convenience-store properties in 22 states, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The first time I moved in with a boyfriend, it was right after college and out of convenience.
Max has the power to gather all the local sexist douchebags into one convenient location for an evening, and that makes those people a lot easier to identify (and mock).
Police say Johnson left his car running as he went into a convenience store on Saturday afternoon, at 8th and South streets.
Dreamland Jewelry today announces a new gift registry service designed to make gift buying simple and convenient.
It might be convenient for those who are involved in the partying scene, but safety should not be undermined for convenience and shallow excuses.
High fuel prices are putting a damper on convenience.
Starting the first week of July, Brenham and Washington County residents will not be able to receive The Eagle from the convenience of their front lawn.
The Range distinguishes itself by offering the best combination of comfort and convenience.
The central location offers ease of access and convenient parking to better serve Maui's business and professional community.
Rodents gnawed thru bags of nacho cheese and left droppings inside a Raymondville convenience store.
A convenient blood-glucose test commonly used to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes may not be the best way to diagnose children, according to a new study.

In science:

It is convenient to evaluate the above large n limit also by a saddle point approximation because this is easy to generalize to different probability distributions.
Probability density of determinants of random matrices
There are several equivalent definitions, of which the following one seems more convenient throughout the present paper.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
Clearly, by construction, the paths are non-intersecting and the claim is proved. A convenient coordinate system for describing the paths is what we call coordinate system I (CS-I).
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
We will switch between the domino and dimer languages whenever it is convenient.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
It will be more convenient for us to say that a noncommutative torus is determined by antisymmetric matrix θjk corresponding to the form θ(γ , λ) in some basis of Zd .
Gauge theories on noncommutative spaces
Note that x0 is the identity element, which is denoted as 1 for convenience.
Nongraded Infinite-Dimensional Simple Lie Algebras
To obtain this counting number it is convenient to generalize the planar rooted tree by using edges of two types, with solid or dotted lines, as in Fig.6.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
For the reader’s convenience, we re-plot the results in Fig. 2.
Acoustic radiation in randomly-layered structures
M kl = Yj 6=l 4 Analysis of the continuum limit: M , N → ∞ For analyzing these equations it is convenient to map the kj onto new variables αj for which A(j, l) depends only on the difference αj − αl .
A Six Vertex Model on a Fishnet
We construct the set of all possible orbits of a given root point (we choose the point i = (0, 1) for conveniency) under the action of the group.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
It is convenient to introduce the function H (u, t) = G(u+vt, t).
Sign-time distribution for a random walker with a drifting boundary
It is often convenient to express the STD in dimensionless variables.
Sign-time distribution for a random walker with a drifting boundary
There is a convenient reformulation of the membrane theory which leads to the same classical equations of motion using a polynomial action.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Since nonthermal spectra cover ususally many decades in energy it is more convenient to use εfε (ε) for easy comparison of power in different parts of energy space (see Figs.4 and 5).
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
For the sake of convenience, the complete proof is given.
Charakterizations of the Generators of Positive Semigroups on C*- and von Neumann Algebras