• WordNet 3.6
    • n facility a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you "a cell phone with internet facility"
    • n facility something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service "catering facilities","toilet facilities","educational facilities"
    • n facility a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry "the assembly plant is an enormous facility"
    • n facility a natural effortlessness "they conversed with great facility","a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen"
    • n facility skillful performance or ability without difficulty "his quick adeptness was a product of good design","he was famous for his facility as an archer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites
    • Facility Ease in performance; readiness proceeding from skill or use; dexterity; as, practice gives a wonderful facility in executing works of art.
    • Facility Easiness of access; complaisance; affability. "Offers himself to the visits of a friend with facility ."
    • Facility Easiness to be persuaded; readiness or compliance; -- usually in a bad sense; pliancy. "It is a great error to take facility for good nature."
    • Facility That which promotes the ease of any action or course of conduct; advantage; aid; assistance; -- usually in the plural; as, special facilities for study.
    • Facility The quality of being easily performed; freedom from difficulty; ease; as, the facility of an operation. "The facility with which government has been overturned in France."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1957, the Shipping port Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982.)
    • n facility The quality of being easily done or performed; freedom from difficulty; ease: as, the facility of an operation.
    • n facility Ease in doing or performance; readiness proceeding from skill or practice; dexterity: as, he performed the work with great facility.
    • n facility Easiness to be moved or persuaded; readiness of compliance; pliancy; specifically, in Scots law, a degree of mental weakness short of idiocy, but justifying legal intervention.
    • n facility Easiness of access; complaisance; affability; urbanity.
    • n facility The means by which the performance of anything is rendered more easy; convenience; assistance; advantage: usually in the plural: as, facilities for traveling or for study.
    • n facility Expertness, Knack, etc. (see readiness), ability, quickness.
    • n facility Civility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have estimated a fly ball will travel about seven feet further for every 1,000 feet of altitude. With an approximate elevation of 1,100 feet, Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona is the second highest facility in the major baseball leagues; only Coors Field in Denver, Colorado is higher.
    • Facility quality of being facile; dexterity: easiness to be persuaded: pliancy: easiness of access: affability:
    • Facility (Scots law) a condition of mental weakness short of idiocy, but such as makes a person easily persuaded to do deeds to his own prejudice:—pl. Facil′ities, means that render anything easily done
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  • William Mathews
    William Mathews
    “It cannot be too often repeated that it is not helps, but obstacles, not facilities, but difficulties that make men.”
  • Sir Thomas Beecham
    Sir Thomas Beecham
    “Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.”
  • John Pym
    John Pym
    “A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body. It behooves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper.”
  • Lord Peter Wimsey
    Lord Peter Wimsey
    “A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. facilitas, fr. facilis, easy: cf. F. facilité,. See Facile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. facilis, easy—facĕre, to do.


In literature:

Its facilities for foreign commerce are unsurpassed.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Segregation in turn burdened the service with the costly provision of separate facilities for the races.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
In this manner they became accustomed to loading and firing with facility and a considerable degree of accuracy.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The public service of markets, transportation facilities and functions of "middlemen" must be understood and controlled as never before.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
They tend to confuse it variously with capacity for memorizing, facility in reading, ability to master arithmetic, etc.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
He can secure the election of his favorite candidate with the same facility that he can make an hundred paupers per week.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Study and practice are necessary to acquire proper facility in this respect.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
And we have full facilities for taking care of that sort of thing.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Hence he acquired a wonderful facility of pencil, but wholly neglected academic study.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
He should be able to write it with facility, both as to its spelling and its composition.
"New Ideals in Rural Schools" by George Herbert Betts

In poetry:

The genius may invent some plan
To ease the laborer's toil,
Or add facility for man
To cultivate the soil.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
AH, from the niggard tree of Time
How quickly fall the hours!
It needs no touch of wind or rime
To loose such facile flowers.
"Uses" by Edith Wharton
A grand gesture. But what does it period?
What does it osse? We were always adroiter
with objects than lives, and more facile
at courage than kindness: from the moment
"Moon Landing" by W H Auden
Great is the facile conqueror;
Yet haply he, who, wounded sore,
Breathless, unhorsed, all covered o'er
With blood and sweat,
Sinks foiled, but fighting evermore,—
Is greater yet.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
The Management Area of Cherokee
National Forest, interested in fish,
Has mapped Tellico and Bald Rivers
And North River, with the tributaries
Brookshire Branch and Sugar Cove Creek:
A fishy map for facile fishery
"The Trout Map" by Allen Tate

In news:

MEADVILLE — Not long after his hiring as the new head baseball coach at Meadville Area Senior High School this fall, Bruce Stewart made a visit to Eldred Glen to check out the facilities.
International Researchers Meet at First Freshwater Ballast Treatment Testing Facility.
It's being raised in a nest on top of a senior living facility in the city.
The city soon will move from its current 3,000-square-foot, factory-built facility, which once housed a medical clinic across Interstate 35, into the Extraco Bank building .
With visions of Chris Paul running the break and alley oops abounding on the Rose Garden court tomorrow, the Trail Blazers returned to the practice facility with a focus on defense.
Scarabeo 8 is a semi-submersible drilling facility owned by Saipem SpA Norwegian Branch (Saipem).
The bird had been held for recuperation at the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education facility in Loves Park.
The Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is taking steps toward construction of a new facility that will house homeless cats and dogs on a new 10-acre site in south Bartlesville .
The San Diego Heat Baseball Club sends its thanks to La Jolla United Methodist Church for allowing the San Diego Heat boys to put a fundraiser together at their facility.
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant has a hot line to the office of the Philippine president, but the facility has been mothballed.
We give extra props to this outdoor facility because of everything around it — tennis and volleyball courts and shaded picnic areas.
Joyce Mae Baugh Harvell, 75, a homemaker of Grove Hill died Tuesday, Sept 18, 2012 at Jackson Health Care Facility.
Providing an OR towel that has little lint or is lint -free is a universal challenge for all laundry facilities that supply reusable OR towels to a healthcare facility.
In the Mal M Moore Athletic Facility -- known before March 28, 2007, simply as the Football Building -- he works in a corner office that overlooks the football practice facilities.
Polaris Industries announced it will be closing its production facility in Osceola, WI, and moving some of that production to a new facility in the Monterrey/Saltillo area in Mexico.

In science:

Library facility of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi is acknowledged.
Unimodular relativity and cosmological constant : Comments
Facilities for scrolling and zooming to view any large structure such as a large multiple alignment, or a large hierarchy, network, or table.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
The monitoring system described here has already proven to be an invaluable tool for our systematic study of the crystal properties at the test-beam facility.
LED Monitoring System for the BTeV Lead Tungstate Crystal Calorimeter Prototype
There are also some accelerators (100 MeV) partly used for the production of slow positrons which are managed as a facility and a nuclear research reactor in Munich .
Intense Source of Slow Positrons
Since GOODS includes some of the deepest observations from space- and ground-based facilities, these are the most data-rich, deep survey areas on the sky.
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools