useless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj useless having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully "a kitchen full of useless gadgets","she is useless in an emergency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colour blind people are used to detect camouflaged units in previous war-fare. And some of you thought Jonathan was useless.. :P~
    • a Useless Having, or being of, no use; unserviceable; producing no good end; answering no valuable purpose; not advancing the end proposed; unprofitable; ineffectual; as, a useless garment; useless pity. "Not to sit idle with so great a gift Useless , and thence ridiculous.""Useless are all words
      Till you have writ “performance” with your swords.
      The other is for waiving."
      "Waiving all searches into antiquity, in relation to this controversy, as being either needless or fruitless .""Even our blessed Savior's preaching, who spake as never man spake, was ineffectual to many."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to U.S. law, a patent may not be granted on a useless invention, on a method of doing business, on mere printed matter, or on a device or machine that will not operate. Even if an invention is novel or new, a patent may not be obtained if the invention would have been obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the same area at the time of the invention.
    • useless Having no use; being of no use; unserviceable; usable to no good end; answering no valuable purpose; not advancing the end proposed; unprofitable; ineffectual.
    • useless Synonyms Useless, Fruitless, Ineffectual, Unavailing, bootless, profitless, unprofitable, valueless, worthless, futile, abortive. Useless often implies that the cause of failure lies in the situation; as, it is useless to try to mend that clock. Useless is the only one of these words that may thus be applied by anticipation to what might be attempted. That which is fruitless, ineffectual, or unavailing actually fails, and from hindrances external to itself. Unavailing is more likely to be used the fruitless or ineffectual where the failure is through some one's unwillingness; as, unavailing prayers or petitions, ineffectual efforts, fruitless labors. Fruitless is stronger and more final than ineffectual or unavailing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Useless having no use: answering no good purpose or the end proposed
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Quotations

  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “Ability without honor is useless.”
  • Hung Ko
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    “The contented man can be happy with what appears to be useless.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “A useless life is an early death.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “No man is useless while he has a friend.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
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    “Man is a useless passion.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ususuti.

Usage

In literature:

To mention my purpose to the Hadwins would be useless or pernicious.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Let us seize the head, and the hands are useless.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
His combinations I knew now were useless, I having discovered the one only clue.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
His pistols were empty and useless.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
He tried to persuade her of its uselessness, covering the leg in which gangrene was far advanced, and telling her death was at hand.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The officer commanding, an old and experienced soldier, soon ceased these useless sorties.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
It is useless to pretend anything else.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
But further speech was useless.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Then he saw the uselessness of striving to keep up a master's pose with this servant of the sea and of the hills.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The wind blew them away, and all her craft was useless.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
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In poetry:

Just across, where sunlight burns,
Smiling at the mourning ferns,
Stand the roses, side by side,
Nodding in their useless pride.
"The Monk's Walk" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He taught her that the gaudiest flowers
Were seldom fragrant found,
But, wasted soon their little powers,
Dropt useless on the ground:
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
"Tis morning," said he, knowing not
That he had done with time;
That a bloody hand would our country stain
With another useless crime.
"Death Of D'Arcy McGee" by Nora Pembroke
Fair Britain never yet before
Breathed to her king a useless prayer;
Fond Belgia never did implore
While William turn'd averse his ear.
"An Ode - Presented To The King, On His Majesty's Arrival In Holland, After The Queen's Death" by Matthew Prior
Thy heart is made of stone, I see.
I wept and wept, all uselessly.
Now I shall sleep, I can't be free,
All night, all night sing me oror!
"Cradle Song (2)" by Raphael Patkanian
For the future is not for he who years
For the vanish'd and useless past;
But for he who strives onward still, nor turns,
But battles to the last.
"The Falling Leaves" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Listen for "Useless" in light rotation on 99x this week.
Having the agenda without the minutes is useless information.
International military intervention in northern Mali would be 'useless'.
CLOUD NOTHINGS Song: STAY USELESS.
"Now that I don't write anymore, I feel in some way useless," she said.
Students get loans for any type degree they want, many useless to get a job.
And, of course, it was a useless thing anyway ...
As a courtesy clerk at a local grocery store, I think banning the use of plastic bags is useless.
A killer training plan and optimized diet is useless if you keep making these same mistakes.
If you want to understand the depth of BP's venality—and the uselessness of state regulators—go back two weeks before the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon.
SCREWED BY A USELESS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE.
He knows very well how I feel about his useless trivia .
And what a fine tidbit of useless trivia to end this column upon.
Twin studies are pretty much useless.
Go to main page Politics Internet censorship 'useless.
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In science:

Proposition 5.3 is of course useless when e.g. ρ E τ and ρ is a closed type.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
Looking at Fig. 6, we can see that it is almost useless to increase the thickness H above 30 ÷ 40 cm because the force becomes almost constant.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
For the function V (mδ∗ I ) in (4.25), the previous rough estimate is useless.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
Unfortunately the estimate (4.44) is useless and we have to consider the explicit form of ˆϕ, see (4.53).
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
Since ζ4 is fixed and Q will be large at the end, such an estimate would be useless.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
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