• WordNet 3.6
    • adj usable convenient for use or disposal "the house is available after July 1","2000 square feet of usable office space"
    • adj usable fit or ready for use or service "the toaster was still functional even after being dropped","the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable","an operational aircraft","the dishwasher is now in working order"
    • adj usable capable of being put to use "usable byproducts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies
    • a Usable Capable of being used.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • usable Capable of being used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Usable that may be used
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  • Robert Collier
    “Make your mold. The best flux in the world will not make a usable shape unless you have a mold to pour it in.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. user—L. uti, usus, to use.


In literature:

We are in a position always of selecting details in the hope of constructing something usable for ourselves.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
They began patiently sewing the rags and tatters back into usable form again.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
If some of this stuff shouldn't happen to be in usable condition when I get done with it, fill it out to suit, will you?
"The Vortex Blaster" by Edward Elmer Smith
Day after day, only a mile from Fullerton, Solomon busied himself buying wrecked cars and selling usable parts.
"Solomon's Orbit" by William Carroll
He was battered and had a stinging ankle, but stood with legs and arms at least usable.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
I think you will find him quite usable.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
He believed that if this piece were made new, and that replaced with sound metal, the machine might be usable!
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
In the first place, there are long selections in which there are many anecdotes and incidents which are usable in nature study.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The ship was no longer usable.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
The man who'd been climbing the ladder put his weight to the task of getting them back to usable footing.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Every bit of available space has been made usable.
"Remodeled Farmhouses" by Mary H. Northend
It must be made in two compartments, one for usable scraps and one for waste.
"Household Organization" by Florence Caddy
He also remembered ruefully that he owned only three usable muskets.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
Was anything usable in the Agusta?
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
The other was no longer usable.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
With no usable rhymes and no stress, how can the music of poetry be created?
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
Boxes are very usable also, and may be stacked on shelves for easy accessibility.
"The Teaching of Art Related to the Home" by Federal Board for Vocational Education
It is an eminently usable list, resources permitting.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
In many other industries machines are usable only in a slight measure, indirectly, or not at all.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
Irrigation is for two purposes: to reclaim land and make it usable; to mitigate the drought in rainfall regions.
"The Country-Life Movement in the United States" by L.H. Bailey

In news:

Jump-start your mobile offerings by learning what you need to do to deliver usable user assistance.
Hear an overview of current mobile usability guidelines, and understand key requirements for user assistance on mobile devices, including tablets such as iPad and smartphones such as Android and iPhone.
Simulation Software Offers Speed, Usability Improvements.
EHR certification lacking usability factor, doctors say.
B204 – Conducting an Informal Usability Study.
Keep sites simple to aid usability .
W17 – Redesign for UX: Website Usability .
Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Mozilla Firefox 4 Boasts Performance and Usability Enhancements.
Usability Week is a three-day session focused on Web design.
Focus on Your Web Site's Usability .
There is very little usable land left for growth inside the city limits.
Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, right, and local developer James Ramos have teamed up to design functional, usable kitchen spaces.
Windows 8 interface called ' disappointing ' by usability expert.
SBS 4.5 adds usability features for small businesses with up to 50 PCs.
They increased Pauley Pavilion 's capacity by 1,000 to approximately 13,800 and established 70,000 additional square feet of usable space than existed in the building's previous configuration.

In science:

In , the authors propose a presentation layer on top of a relational database in order to improve its usability, stressing the importance of provenance.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
One of the first large astronomical data sets to be released publicly in a usable form was the Hubble Deep Field (Williams et al. 1996). Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
Context, as information, render greater meaningfulness and usability to other informational entities (Dey 2001).
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Such categories can be studied in order to design suitable IT support for working with them in a re-usable manner.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Fig. 9) — a technique usable only with muons.
Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities: The Coming Decade
Another usability obstacle, given the vir tual space a simulation can occupy, is that avatars can be spread over the entire simulator space, creating problems w ith using chat channels.
AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life
The analysis of the related models currently available in Geant4 showed their limitations under various aspects: physics functionality, correctness of implementation, accuracy, consistent behavior, software design, performance and usability.
New models for PIXE simulation with Geant4
These are very different processes as the former describes the usable coherent light energy emitted from the laser and the latter simply energy lost, usually as heat, in the laser cavity.
Modes of Random Lasers
The validity and usability of the scheme have been shown by comparing it with known results and applying it to analysis of site/bond attacks in degree-correlated networks of bimodal degree distributions (two-peak networks) in conjunction with numerical justification.
Cavity analysis on the robustness of random networks against targeted attacks: Influences of degree-degree correlations
The set of usable null vectors is thus given by { ˆp(ℓ)} = { ˆp(i) , ˆp(λ)} with i = 1, 2 and λ ∈ Λ.
Cartan-Weyl 3-algebras and the BLG Theory I: Classification of Cartan-Weyl 3-algebras
Most simple criteria such as AI C (Akaike Information Criterion ) and B I C (Bayesian Information Criterion , ) either overestimate or underestimate the number of clusters, which severely limits their practical usability.
Strong Consistency of Prototype Based Clustering in Probabilistic Space
The reason for this in mathematics is that we want to give a tool that is usable in all applications where the axioms are true.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity
Enhancing the explanatory power of usability heuristics.
A UI Design Case Study and a Prototype of a Travel Search Engine
Firstly, a sub-program or a library program need not be analyzed separately for its different uses, i.e., the result of a parametric analysis is re-usable.
Parametrizing Program Analysis by Lifting to Cardinal Power Domains
This leads us to assume that in this paper we actually present the first usable implementation for IVPs using exact real arithmetic.
Making big steps in trajectories