• 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

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