• "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
    "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v use use up, consume fully "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
    • v use put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose "use your head!","we only use Spanish at home","I can't use this tool","Apply a magnetic field here","This thinking was applied to many projects","How do you utilize this tool?","I apply this rule to get good results","use the plastic bags to store the food","He doesn't know how to use a computer"
    • v use take or consume (regularly or habitually) "She uses drugs rarely"
    • v use habitually do something (use only in the past tense) "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally","I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall","They used to vacation in the Bahamas"
    • v use avail oneself to "apply a principle","practice a religion","use care when going down the stairs","use your common sense","practice non-violent resistance"
    • v use seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage "She uses her influential friends to get jobs","The president's wife used her good connections"
    • n use exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
    • n use (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition "owls have nocturnal habits","she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair","long use had hardened him to it"
    • n use the act of using "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs","skilled in the utilization of computers"
    • n use what something is used for "the function of an auger is to bore holes","ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
    • n use a particular service "he put his knowledge to good use","patrons have their uses"
    • n use (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property "we were given the use of his boat"
    • n use (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Using a Turning Saw Using a Turning Saw
Using a Spokeshave Using a Spokeshave
Using a Router-Plane Using a Router-Plane
Using a Handscrew to hold a Board at an Angle Using a Handscrew to hold a Board at an Angle
Using the Marking-Gage Using the Marking-Gage
Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads
Tain't no use tellin' me you've broke down Tain't no use tellin' me you've broke down
The Diverse Uses of the Good Old Canteen 029 The Diverse Uses of the Good Old Canteen 029

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japan uses the most energy per year than any other country.
    • Use (Forging) A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging, as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
    • Use Common occurrence; ordinary experience. "O Cæsar! these things are beyond all use ."
    • Use Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit. "Let later age that noble use envy.""How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
      Seem to me all the uses of this world!"
    • Use Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book.
    • Use The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as, the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general use . "Books can never teach the use of books.""This Davy serves you for good uses .""When he framed
      All things to man's delightful use ."
    • Use (Law) The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the use of B.
    • Use The premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury. "Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use and principal, to him."
    • Use (Eccl) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc. "From henceforth all the whole realm shall have but one use ."
    • Use To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; -- employed chiefly in the passive participle; as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to hardships and danger. "I am so used in the fire to blow.""Thou with thy compeers, Used to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels.""I would, my son, that thou wouldst use the power
      Which thy discretion gives thee, to control
      And manage all."
      "To study nature will thy time employ :
      Knowledge and innocence are perfect joy."
    • Use To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; -- sometimes followed by of. "Where never foot did use .""He useth every day to a merchant's house.""Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use Of shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks."
    • Use To be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice; as, he used to ride daily; -- now disused in the present tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between “use to,” and “used to.” "They use to place him that shall be their captain on a stone.""Fears use to be represented in an imaginary.""Thus we use to say, it is the room that smokes, when indeed it is the fire in the room.""Now Moses used to take the tent and to pitch it without the camp."
    • Use To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly. "I will use him well.""How wouldst thou use me now?""Cato has used me ill."
    • Use To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation. "Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs.""Some other means I have which may be used ."
    • Use To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business. "Use hospitality one to another."
    • Use Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility. "God made two great lights, great for their use To man.""'T is use alone that sanctifies expense."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Thailand used to be called Siam
    • n use plural Rough iron forgings sold to be subsequently worked down into finished shapes in the forge, or heating furnace, by hammer or press. They are used also for porter-bars, or to build up larger forgings not made from an ingot.
    • n use The act of employing anything, or the state of being employed; employment; application; conversion to a purpose, especially a profitable purpose.
    • n use That property of a thing (or character of a person) which renders it suitable for a purpose; adaptability to the attainment of an end; usefulness; availability; utility; serviceableness; service; convenience; help; profit: as, a thing of no use.
    • n use Need for employing; occasion to employ; necessity; exigency; need.
    • n use Continued or repeated practice or employment; custom; wont; usage; habit.
    • n use Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
    • n use Interest for money; usury. [Obsolete or archaic.]
    • n use That part of a sermon devoted to a practical application of the doctrine expounded.
    • n use In liturgics, the distinctive ritual and liturgical forms and observances, collectively and singly, of a particular church, diocese, group of dioceses, or community; as, Sarum use; Aberdeen use; Anglican use; Roman use. The term is most frequently applied to the varieties of ritual and liturgical usage in England before the Reformation and to monastic and Roman usage as differing from these, and also to the different local varieties of the ancient Gallican offices. In England the several uses were those of Sarum, York, Hereford, Bangor, Lincoln, etc. These had a common family likeness, and differed considerably from Roman use. The most important of them was Sarum or Salisbury use, which was the form of service compiled about 1085 from various diocesan uses, English and Norman, by St. Osmund, bishop of Salisbury and chancellor of England. The use of Sarum prevailed throughout the greater part of England, and in 1542 it was ordered to be observed throughout the whole province of Canterbury. The Book of Common Prayer, first issued in 1549, and founded mainly on Salisbury use, established a uniform liturgy for the whole Church of England, but, except by implication of certain rubrics, left the exact mode of ritual observance in many respects unprovided for. See liturgy, 3 .
    • n use To have no liking for.
    • use To employ for the attainment of some purpose or end; avail one's self of. To make use of: as, to use a plow; to use a book.
    • use To employ; expend; consume; as, to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation.
    • use To practise or employ, in a general way; do, exercise, etc.
    • use To practise customarily; make a practice of.
    • use To act or behave toward; treat; as, to use one well or ill.
    • use To accustom; habituate; render familiar by practice; inure: common in the past participle: as, soldiers used to hardships.
    • use To frequent; visit often or habitually.
    • use To comport; behave; demean: used reflexively.
    • use To have sexual intercourse with.
    • use To exhaust, as one's means or strength; wear out; leave no force or capacity in; as, the man is completely used up.
    • use To be accustomed; practise customarily; be in the habit; as, he used to go there regularly.
    • use To be wont; be customary; customarily be, do, or effect something specified.
    • use To be accustomed to go; linger or stay habitually; dwell.
    • use To communicate; receive the eucharist.
    • n use In law, the benefit or profit (with power to direct disposal) of property—technically of lands and tenements—in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary; the equitable ownership of lands the legal title to which is in another. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended enjoys the use of profits, and is called cestui que use. Since the Statute of Uses, the gift or grant of real property to the use of a person transfers to him directly the legal title; and the term trust is now commonly used to denote the kind of estate formerly signified by use, so far as the law now permits it to exist. (See trust, 5.) Uses apply only to lands of inheritance; no use can subsist of leaseholds.
    • n use Charitable uses, Charitable Uses Act. See charitable.
    • n use In customary practice or observance.
    • n use a use, confidence, or trust in any hereditaments should be deemed and adjudged in lawful seizin, estate, and possession of the same estate that he had in use—that is, that he, instead of the nominal grantee or trustee, should become the full legal owner. This principle has been adopted by provisions, known by the same title, in the legislation of most of the United States.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hundreds of years ago, only the wealthy people used to wear underwear
    • v.t Use ūz to put to some purpose: to avail one's self of: to habituate: to treat or behave toward
    • v.i Use to be accustomed
    • n Use ūs act of using or putting to a purpose: convenience: employment: need: advantage: practice: common occurrence: a distinctive form of public worship or service peculiar to a church, diocese, &c.: custom: interest for money
    • ***


  • Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder
    “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”
  • Basil S. Walsh
    Basil S. Walsh
    “What we need is to use what we have.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Don't fight forces, use them.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.”
  • Gaelic Proverb
    Gaelic Proverb
    “More than we use is more than we want.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When you don't have an education, you've got to use your brains.”


About as useful as a chocolate teapot - Someone or something that is of no practical use is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
As much use as a chocolate fire-guard - A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'.
As much use as a chocolate teapot - Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all.
As much use as a handbrake on a canoe - This idiom is used to describe someone or something as worthless or pointless.
It's no use crying over spilt milk - This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.
Neither use nor ornament - Something that serves no purpose and is not aesthetically pleasing is neither use nor ornament.
No use to man or beast - If something or someone is no use to man or beast, they it or they are utterly useless.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. usen, F. user, to use, use up, wear out, LL. usare, to use, from L. uti, p. p. usus, to use, OL. oeti, oesus,; of uncertain origin. Cf. Utility
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ususuti.


In literature:

If not used to inclose the whole grounds, it should at least inclose the part used for gardening.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
For begonia rex, use crimson flock; for the rubra, use glaucous flock; and for the palmata, use brown flock.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Used chiefly for railway ties, telegraph poles, and fence posts, but well suited for a great variety of uses.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
FACE.= In some commands it is customary to use one method while in other commands another is used.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
This, of course, dealt only with the beverage use of alcoholics.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Yet I have often seen coloured spirit of wine used in thermometers.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Even the sawdust is made use of in the manufacture of wood alcohol, which has an important use as fuel.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Once they did use it, and thought it needful or useful.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Used on farms before the hand centrifugal separator came into wide use.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
To be wise is the use of wisdom, as seeing is the use of eyes and well-speaking the use of eloquence.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy

In poetry:

It's no use
Mother dear, I
can't finish my
You may
blame Aphrodite
"Blame Aphrodite" by Sappho
Good-bye, good-bye, kind people,
And all I leave behind,
To girls that used to kiss me,
To one was never kind.
"The New Recruit" by Katharine Tynan
"I fear I cannot please," he said,
"The only songs I know
Are those my mother used to sing
To me long years ago."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
All the goods that eche possest
Of bodye, goodes, or mynde
Were employde to other's use
As eche by profe did fynde:
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
And what if I should be kind?
And though you should be true?
The old love could never, never
Love on as it used to do.
"The Answer" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
'Tis Discontent that gains the prize
In every useful art;
Although it brings us tearful eyes
And restlessness of heart;
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite

In news:

First of all, the word I used was the wrong word to use.
If you'd like useful software for your practice that's inexpensive or even free, then there are several programs I use in my office that you've got to hear about.
Van Wagner said some known carcinogens are on the market but used discreetly and many less potent pesticides with carcinogenic properties are in use.
He says he'll use RFID technology, which is now used for inventory, at the checkout.
I used Ash because it is a durable wood commonly used for making tool handles.
CAR DEPOT * Used cars, Used trucks in Russellville, KY. 1 month ago 213 views 0.
GoGrid expands its portfolio of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings with the latest Hosted Private Cloud, which lets customers run applications in a public cloud environment that uses hardware dedicated to their use.
Fair Use Ain't As Fair As It Used To Be.
Data from this interlab study will be used to prepare a Precision Statement for a new standard using this type hardness tester for aluminum.
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I even have the old recipe card my mom used to use.
I'm using it lot more as the sweet element in my cooking, using it in marinades, adding it to preserves and generally looking to it as an alternative to sugars.
When automation uses human characteristics, patients — especially younger ones — trust that information more than tools that use only text, says a new study.
Babies exposed in the womb to a commonly used insecticide have brain abnormalities after birth, according to a study that looked at children born before the US limited the chemical's use.
Do you think the Obama campaign is using the issue of race in the election, or has been staying away from that as an issue IF YES: Has it been using it appropriately or inappropriately .

In science:

For part 4 of Theorem 1, we can use the same Boolean function that we used for part 3, and use the same choice of W and H .
Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read
Fig. 3(c) uses the “standard” quadrupole transition operator, assuming harmonic oscillator single-particle states; Fig. 3(d) uses a “consistent” quadrupole transition operator, the same ˜Q used in the Hamiltonian.
Collective behavior in random interaction
The spectra were fit using the same MARCS stellar atmosphere models used in Paper I, using a similar technique.
Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature
To consider its quadratic expansion around a supersymmetric configuration, it is useful to use a notation analogous to the one used for standard N = 1 four-dimensional theories.
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
Remark. 1) This is the “main” place we use Ax V,VI; it seems that we use it rarely, e.g., in 2.12 which is not used later.
Abstract elementary classes near aleph_1