• GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v avail use to one's advantage "He availed himself of the available resources"
    • v avail take or use "She helped herself to some of the office supplies"
    • v avail be of use to, be useful to "It will avail them to dispose of their booty"
    • n avail a means of serving "of no avail","there's no help for it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Avail Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction. "The avails of their own industry."
    • Avail Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail . "The avail of a deathbed repentance."
    • v. t. & i Avail See Avale v.
    • v. i Avail To be of use or advantage; to answer the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object; as, the plea in bar must avail, that is, be sufficient to defeat the suit; this scheme will not avail; medicines will not avail to check the disease. "What signs avail ?""Words avail very little with me, young man."
    • Avail To promote; to assist. "Then shall they seek to avail themselves of names.""I have availed myself of the very first opportunity."
    • Avail To turn to the advantage of; to be of service to; to profit; to benefit; to help; as, artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment. "O, what avails me now that honor high !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • avail To have value or use; be of service or advantage; give profit: as, wealth avails little to a castaway.
    • avail To have force or efficacy; serve for a purpose; give aid toward an end: as, his cries availed to bring relief.
    • avail To take or draw advantage; make use or profit.
    • avail To be for the advantage of; assist or profit: as, what will skill avail us against numbers?
    • avail To promote; prosper; assist: said of things.
    • avail To advantage; profit; give the benefit to: used reflexively, with of: as, he availed himself of the opportunity.
    • n avail Advantage, profit, or benefit, in a general sense; also, value or estimation.
    • n avail Efficacy for a purpose; advantage to an object or end: now used chiefly in negative phrases, or sentences of negative import: as, of little or no avail; I doubt whether it will be of much avail.
    • n avail plural Profits or proceeds: as, the avails of a sale by auction.
    • n avail Returns.
    • avail See avale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.t Avail a-vāl′ to be of value or service to: to benefit: to take the benefit of (used reflexively with of)
    • v.i Avail to be of use: to answer the purpose: :
    • n Avail benefit: profit: service
    • Avail Same as Avale.
    • v.i Avail (obs.) to take or draw advantage
    • v.i Avail (Amer.) to inform, assure of
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  • Ronald Reagan
    “It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.”
  • Horace
    “What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Desire is proof of the availability...”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.”


To little avail - If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. availen, fr. F. (L. ad,) + valoir, to be worth, fr. L. valere, to be strong, to be worth. See Valiant


In literature:

It cannot provide available plant-food, air, and warmth to plants.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Within these laws all things are possible; beyond them, nothing is of avail.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
When Christians have been available their services have of course been thankfully secured.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Wherever it was possible, the investigators consulted the available records of the State and county.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
In the meantime villages sprang up in pretty nearly every locality in which there was available water-power.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
A road has been built and motor cars are available.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
One might complain with as much avail that men will fall in love with pretty girls instead of with those who are ugly!
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
To make war upon an island a land army was of no avail.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But what could it avail him?
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Nothing dost thou avail; oh thou!
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso

In poetry:

Now dreams
Are not available
To the dreamers,
Nor songs
To the singers.
"Oppression" by Langston Hughes
Drain it off quickly
Before it exhales;
Save when 'tis glowing,
The draught naught avails.
"Punch Song" by Friedrich von Schiller
He liveth, and we live;
His life for us prevails;
His fulness fills our emptiness,
His strength for us avails.
"Our Life Is Hid With Christ" by Horatius Bonar
A duty done is victory won,
E'en though in the doing,
Efforts may fail to bring avail
In lines we are pursuing.
"Duty Done" by Jared Barhite
And of the dangers of the way
She told a trembling tale;
But to divert a settled mind
Nor words nor woes avail.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
My longing makes me pale.
Oh, what can wealth avail?
E'en now thy father may be pale.
Thou mak'st my courage fail.
"The Destruction Of Magdeburg" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

PGC to make meetings available to public.
The expanded assortment , which include traditional gift cards with holiday and multicultural designs, and digital options, will be available in stores on Nov 4.
I am an active RC airplane builder and flyer and I always like to have a large supply of screws, bolts, nuts and washers, in most common sizes available in my workshop.
It quickly became clear that rumors of Reba McEntire's death were part of a hoax, but it's still a relief to have the singer herself available to assure fans that everything is OK.
Given the mass of discounts services now available, it's a wonder that anyone is paying the full price for anything.
The At command is still available in Windows 2000, and you can use it to schedule tasks.
How do women have so much trouble finding good guys to date when all these dudes are still available.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, New York City's own love connection cabbie Ahmed Ibrahim will be available all day today doling out advice on love and life -- and even better, the gems of romance wisdom come with coffee.
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Varied fabrics and leathers are available as well.
And that's just one miniscule tidbit of what's available about our oceans and atmosphere at this site.
For more on Kelly's trip, check out our June issue, available on newsstands now.
The FC126 and FC1126 are now available for $329.99 and $424.99 at many online resellers.
Tours are available to registered attendees only at an additional cost.
Psychoacoustics, vibration, and wind turbine metrics are now available in Scantek's noiseLAB.

In science:

The choice of this interaction channel is due to its relatively large cross-sections, the very distinct experimental signatures (prompt e+ followed by a delayed neutron capture), and the readily available detector choice of liquid scintillator providing the proton target.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
Much flexibility is available for detector optimization based on this generic and easily scale-able design.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
There are several examples available in the literature where pointer states are shown to emerge from an interaction with the environment [3,4].
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
Several data mining tools will be available as part of the web application.
A GRB Tool Shed
All of these software packages are available on many platforms, including Unix, Windows, and Mac, and they are all freely available.
A GRB Tool Shed