usefulness

Definitions

  • Using a Turning Saw
    Using a Turning Saw
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n usefulness the quality of being of practical use
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Using a Spokeshave Using a Spokeshave
Using a Router-Plane Using a Router-Plane
Using the Marking-Gage Using the Marking-Gage
The Diverse Uses of the Good Old Canteen 029 The Diverse Uses of the Good Old Canteen 029
As Maria Pictured si Using his Bayonet 035 As Maria Pictured si Using his Bayonet 035
How an ironworking pit was used. (From contemporary sources.) How an ironworking pit was used. (From contemporary sources.)
Card Table Ready for Use Card Table Ready for Use
Using the thumbs while lasting Using the thumbs while lasting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Other than London, Liverpool is the most filmed British city, and was used to film more than 140 films in 2002
    • n Usefulness The quality or state of being useful; utility; serviceableness; advantage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S. 7 out of 10 homes use candles
    • n usefulness The state or character of being useful; conduciveness to some end; utility; serviceableness; advantage.
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Quotations

  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “What is the use of your pedigrees?”
  • Golnik Eric
    Golnik Eric
    “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”
  • Professor Blackie
    Professor Blackie
    “Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.”
  • Fred Stoller
    Fred Stoller
    “Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go”

Idioms

About as useful as a chocolate teapot - Someone or something that is of no practical use is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
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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'.
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As much use as a chocolate teapot - Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all.
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As much use as a handbrake on a canoe - This idiom is used to describe someone or something as worthless or pointless.
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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.
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Neither use nor ornament - Something that serves no purpose and is not aesthetically pleasing is neither use nor ornament.
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No use to man or beast - If something or someone is no use to man or beast, they it or they are utterly useless.
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Usage

In literature:

If we wish to see, we use our eyes; if we want to hear, our ears are called into use.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
When molasses is used in cooking, it is a prodigious improvement to boil and skim it before you use it.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Some children use whitewashed stones, some use shells.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
It is not a prepared flour, to be used without baking powder, and you use it principally for baking cakes.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
Some used they fingers and some used sticks for to make the drum sounds and somebody allus blowed on quills.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
He had promised to do a lot of things and didn't do them, and then he used to use bad language too.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
We use no stock or meat, and can it in its own juice or liquor, thus using no water.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
The lime used in the hot has been less by one-third than the quantity used in the cold tempering.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
He realizes that the books, for convenience in use, must be grouped in classes.
"A Library Primer" by John Cotton Dana
If it becomes too dry for table use, grate for sauces or use in scalloped dishes.
"Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)" by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
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In poetry:

Bright as ever flows the sea,
Bright as ever shines the sun,
But alas! they seem to me
Not the sun that used to be,
Not the tides that used to run.
"Changed. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lie in my arms, as long, long syne,
And sleepe on my bosom, deere wounded thing,—
I'm nae sae glee as I used to be,
Or I'd sing you the songs I used to sing.
"Ailsie, My Bairn" by Eugene Field
Yet can a friend what thou hast done fulfill?
O write in brass, My God upon a tree
His bloud did spill,
Onely to purchase my good will:
Yet use I not my foes, as I use Thee.
"Unkindnesse" by George Herbert
If any touch my friend, or his good name It is my honour and my love to free
His blasted fame
From the least spot or thought of blame.
I could not use a friend, as I use Thee.
"Unkindnesse" by George Herbert
Aw used to read i' Fairy books
Ov e'en soa breet,
Ov gowden hair, angelic looks,
An smiles soa sweet;
Aw used to fancy when aw'd older grown,
Aw'd claim some lovely Fairy for mi own.
"What Wor It?" by John Hartley
Our friends no longer do us harm,
We drink, &c. Sweet Friendship's smile regains its charm,
We drink, &c. Each friend and foe that used to throw,
Dark frowns where'er we used to go,
Are pleasant now, are pleasant now,
We drink, &c.
"The Ransomed Drunkard's Song" by John Pierpont

In news:

But apparently, videos that use copyrighted songs in ways that seem to constitute "fair use" are being pulled from the site too as part of the dragnet.
Georgia's highest court Friday ruled that the use of the electric chair to execute condemned inmates was unconstitutional and ordered the state to use lethal injection in all future executions.
The use and disposition of any pre- embryos that are frozen for future use should be consistent with the Council's opinion on frozen pre- embryos (Opinion 2.141, "Frozen Pre- embryos ").
Says Oxford English Dictionaries, which dates the first use of " empathic " at 1909 and the first use of "empathetic" at 1932.
Social enterprising and engineering give us the ability to innovate using many minds instantly, as opposed to using a few highly versed experts with unavoidable biases tied to the old way of doing business.
One of the easiest ways to separate the epoxy from the wood is to use a heat gun like the one used for shrink covering.
PASADENA, Calif — Long-term use of a class of drugs used to control pain could increase the risk of erectile dysfunction in men, according to a new study.
Use the frothing wand to create a cloud of milk to top your cup off — you'll get better results if you use nonfat milk.
Demonstration of extraction of essential oil s & discussion of uses & preparation of wild plants/uses of essential oil s at Northern Light Natural Foods, 10:30am-6pm.
Charles R Wolfe is an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting, including the use of innovative land use regulatory tools and sustainable development techniques.
Although bionic exoskeletons have been used in hospitals and rehabilitation centres, Claire Lomas is the first to take the ReWalk suit home for everyday use.
A proof-of-concept exploit for the vulnerability was published online on Monday and was then used to create another exploit for use with the popular Metasploit penetration testing framework.
You can use essential oils to treat lice, but they should be used with caution.
Testers used a light meter to measure output from the headlights before and after using each of the products.
Butter use declined from 4.9 pounds per person in 1985 to 4.4 pounds in 1990, while olive oil use rose from about.59 pounds to.8 pounds (1 1/2 cups).
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In science:

Comparison between use of simple LO parton model approximation and of the use of k⊥ densities for the p⊥ of c¯c pairs in photoproduction, and for the xγ . (c) and (d): Comparison of use of k⊥ densities and full simulation.
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004
The integrated PDFs used as input in [46, 47] were determined from a global fit to data using the conventional collinear approximation . A more precise treatment would determine the integrated PDFs, used as input to the last evolution step, from a new global fit to data using the (z , kt)-factorization formalism.
Small x Phenomenology - summary of the 3rd Lund Small x Workshop in 2004
The latter approach has been tested using so-called hybrid models in which the plasma phase and phase transition are described using ideal hydrodynamics, but the hadron phase is described using a cascade model (61, 73–75).
Hydrodynamic Models for Heavy Ion Collisions
In addition to using the angular overlap with known objects, the identification of the HESS sources can be further explored using the measured VHE spectra and using the correlation with maps of atomic and molecular constituents.
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Compared to previous proposals, this process only involves two vibrational states in their three lowest rotational levels. A Raman transition is used to transfer the qubit state from a set of uninteracting levels used for the storage of information to a set of interacting levels used for the creation of entanglement.
Quantum phase gate and controlled entanglement with polar molecules
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