• WordNet 3.6
    • n usage accepted or habitual practice
    • n usage the act of using "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs","skilled in the utilization of computers"
    • n usage the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written "English usage","a usage borrowed from French"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cross bow was invented by the Chinese and records of its usage goes back to as far as the Three Kingdom Period (220 a.d.-280 a.d.).
    • Usage Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification.
    • Usage Experience. "Adam, by sad experiment I know
      How little weight my words with thee can find."
      "In eld [old age] is both wisdom and usage ."
    • Usage Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method. "It has now been, during many years, the grave and decorous usage of Parliaments to hear, in respectful silence, all expressions, acceptable or unacceptable, which are uttered from the throne."
    • Usage Manners; conduct; behavior. "A gentle nymph was found,
      Hight Astery, excelling all the crew
      In courteous usage ."
    • Usage The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as, good usage; ill usage; hard usage . "My brother
      Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands
      He hath good usage and great liberty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a study conducted regarding toilet paper usage, Americans are said to use the most toilet paper per trip to the bathroom, which was seven sheets of toilet paper per trip
    • n usage Use; enjoyment.
    • n usage The act of using.
    • n usage Mode of using or treating; treatment.
    • n usage Long-continued use or practice; customary way of acting; habitual use; custom; practice: as, the ancient usage of Parliament. Technically, in English law, usage has a different signification from custom, in not implying immemorial existence or general prevalence. In earlier times custom was defined as a law created or evidenced by immemorial usage. Some American writers use the terms as practically equivalent, except in regarding usage as the facts by which the existence of custom is proved; others treat usage as the habit of individuals or classes, such as those engaged in a particular trade or business, and custom as the habit of communities or localities.
    • n usage Established or customary mode of employing a particular word, phrase, or construction; current locution.
    • n usage Manners; behavior; conduct.
    • n usage Synonyms Habit, Manner, etc. See custom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Bexley, Ohio Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.
    • n Usage ū′zāj act or mode of using: treatment: practice: custom
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. usage, LL. usaticum,. See Use
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L.,—L. usus.


In literature:

We shall now proceed according to the ancient usage to constitute these brethren into a regular Lodge.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
They are extreme in their observance of their usages and customs, which they call ogali.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
I was above the contemptible usage that women in my circumstances oftentimes meet with.
"The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)" by Daniel Defoe
But what do you call this usage?
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
The usage may easily be a handicap rather than a help.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
Congratulate, according to usage, in my name the newly elected Provost Frei, as one who is a friend to learning.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
Our interest in this portion of his work is in the examples which he gives of the usage of his day.
"Noah Webster" by Horace E. Scudder
Every office and department has its despotism, founded upon custom and usage.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
He had died of hard labour and hard usage, and that was one reason why Ivan was a member of the Outer Circle of the Terrorists.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
One Christian condemns dress adornment, and the whole application of taste to the usages of life, as a sinful waste of time and money.
"The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In poetry:

For ye teach, when the year is dying,
The nobler uses of life;
The thirst for the kindlier usage,
And the hate for the paltrier strife.
"Christmas" by Alexander Anderson
Trite usages in tamest style
Had tended to their plighting.
"It's just worth while,
Perhaps," they had said. "And saves much sad good-nighting."
"A Jog-Trot Pair" by Thomas Hardy
'Then far rumours of her ill-usage
Came, like a chilling breath
When a man languisheth;
Followed by news that her mind lost balance,
And, in a space, of her death.
"The Cheval-Glass" by Thomas Hardy
The usage thou dost give thy sire, when old,
Shall be return'd to thee, if thou shalt live;
His grandson shall requite, as I've been told,
The scanty measure thou to him didst give.
"The Duty Of Children To Their Parents" by Rees Prichard
A usage sae barb'rous! nae mortal can bear!
-- Odd! they'll drive me to madness wi' perfect despair!
If I canna get Jamie, nor yet Dan nor Pate,
Faith I'll e'en tak the first chiel that comes in my gate.
"To Get A Man" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Only about 5.5% of American women who use contraception use IUDs , compared with much higher usage rates in other developed countries like the UK and France.
Everything You Need to Know about Recurring Costs, Purchase Usage When Selecting a DID Origination Provider.
We were suddenly hit with an $800 bill for one months water usage and immediately called Cal Am.
System provides company and customers with more detailed information on energy usage.
Virtualization largely serves as an influencing factor in driving the popularity of private cloud usage.
How much will the water restrictions in Tarrant County affect your water usage.
These listed here are in common usage.
According to Lt Dotti Payne of the Gordon County Fire Department, reading the instructions on gadgets and appliances could prevent incorrect usage and potential house fires.
Verizon recently announced it will roll out new pricing plans that will let customers share data usage among cellphones, tablets, computers and family members' devices.
Another concern, five months after the disaster, is restrictions on electrical usage.
FCC Proposes Expanding Definition of 'Unserved' for Connect America, Phase I. TWC to Bring Usage-Based Broadband Nationwide.
The report highlights Buckeye's efforts to reduce fossil fuel usage, water usage, solid waste production, and air emissions during 2011.
The report highlights Buckeye 's efforts to reduce fossil fuel usage, water usage, solid waste production, and air emissions during 2011.
" Both those usages persist, and the national anthem still refers to "bama pyi.
US Social Media Usage Up 37.

In science:

Generally the term M-theory does not refer to such models, but usage varies.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Additionally, sizes chosen equal to 2n , n ∈ N enable the usage of fast Fourier transforms.
Coded mask imaging of extended sources with Gaussian random fields
We will give a few examples of such usage in the next lecture.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The basic event building strategy is to reconstruct those parts of each physics ob ject that can be used for selection while minimizing the overall CPU usage.
The CMS High Level Trigger
CPU Usage The CPU usage of the muon HLT algorithms has been benchmarked on an Intel 1 GHz Pentium-III CPU using a sample of properly weighted minimum-bias events and W decays, which give the dominant contribution to the rate.
The CMS High Level Trigger