• WordNet 3.6
    • adj utility capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team "a utility infielder"
    • adj utility used of beef; usable but inferior
    • n utility the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility "the cost of utilities never decreases","all the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
    • n utility a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal "the price of the house included all utilities"
    • n utility the quality of being of practical use
    • n utility (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer "a computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users"
    • n utility a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    • n utility (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend $1300 on utility bills annually
    • Utility (Polit. Econ) Adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value, 2. "Value in use is utility , and nothing else, and in political economy should be called by that name and no other."
    • Utility Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism.
    • Utility The quality or state of being useful; usefulness; production of good; profitableness to some valuable end; as, the utility of manure upon land; the utility of the sciences; the utility of medicines. "The utility of the enterprises was, however, so great and obvious that all opposition proved useless."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The basis of the Macintosh computer was Apple's Lisa which was released in 1983. This was the first system to utilize a GUI or Graphical User Interface. The first Macintosh was released in 1984.
    • n utility In political economics, the capacity of an object for the satisfaction of a human want.
    • n utility The character of being useful; usefulness; profitableness; the state of being serviceable or conducive to some desirable or valuable end.
    • n utility Use; profit.
    • n utility A useful thing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Utility usefulness: profit: a useful thing
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  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Success is the proper utilization of failure.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. utilite, F. utilité, L. utilitas, fr. utilis, useful. See Utile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. utiliser—L. uti.


In literature:

This was my opportunity and must be utilized promptly.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
On the other hand, trustworthy persons give confident expectations of its population, growth, and utility.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
Once I found where the beavers had utilized man's work.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
There would be no end were I to expatiate to the limit of my inclination on the subject of the gift of speech and its utility.
"The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser
At the present time she is perhaps believing that she is carrying on a utility crusade.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
These branches must be utilized, and it was in the act of utilizing them that they called upon their sister's friend for help.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
Activities are directed toward a very diffuse set of goals, just as human resources within the community are inadequately utilized.
"An Assessment of the Consequences and Preparations for a Catastrophic California Earthquake: Findings and Actions Taken" by Various
Conservative forest management has three essentials: Protection, utilization and reproduction.
"Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest" by Edward Tyson Allen
The paramount supremacy of any nation depends wholly on its utility to the rest of mankind.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
The German and Austrian engineers also utilize observation ladders of a less complicated mechanical nature.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller

In poetry:

Thy merit, goodness, value, worth,
Expedience, utility--
O manna, honey, salt of earth,
I sing, I chant, I worship thee!
"To A Thesaurus" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Though 'gainst spring cheese some do mutter,
Yet spring milk also makes bad butter,
Then there doth arise the query
How to utilize it in the dairy.
"Dairy Ode" by James McIntyre
Who tells you how clever one Mr. Fun-blank is,
How charming his Articles 'gainst the Nobility; —
And assures you that even a gentleman's rank is,
In Jeremy's school, of no sort of utility.
"Ode to the Sublime Porte" by Thomas Moore
The jane is zoned! no nightspot here, no bar
there, no sweet freeway, and no premises
for business purposes,
no loiterers or needers. Henry are
baffled. Have ev'ybody head for Maine,
utility-man take a train?
"Dream Song 2: Big Buttons, Cornets: the advance" by John Berryman
Scythians, with Nature not at strife,
Light Arabs of our complex life,
They build no houses, plant no mills
To utilize Time's sliding river,
Content that it flow waste forever,
If they, like it, may have their wills.
"The Nomades" by James Russell Lowell
"It's a sort of a contraption which will work itself," he said,
"And, without studying, will put my lessons in my head."
He thought and puzzled o'er his plan, he worked with might and main
To utilize the wondrous schemes within his fertile brain:
"The Instructiphone" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Blaklader, a company that has been making workwear in Sweden since 1959, now has US offerings, including the Bantam utility workpants.
The local hero was fortunate in finding a garbage can and utilizing Peter B Beautiful's barbed-wire baseball bat in winning the match.
5 gallons at 75% utilization.
A couple of years ago, Microsoft offered a free utility called HFNetChk.
Data on shipments and capacity utilization provided by the American Chemistry Council, Arlington, Va.
On Friday, John McDonald, a utility-infielder for the San Francisco Giants, buried his father.
The boxcars were utilized for hauling military cargo during both world wars.
It utilizes "Y6 Digital Braiding Process" that allows for more braids per inch.
Clark County — Julia Anderson, former Columbian business editor , said she will run for the District 1 position on the Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners.
Tribe utility infielder Jack Hannahan had a lot on his mind when the Indians were in Boston recently.
The city of Corinth took the final steps this week to close the books on Corinth Municipal Utility District No.
A glance at ESPN Boston's offday headlines, including Peter May's look at how the Celtics utilized Saturday to rest in advance of Sunday's Game 4 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Hawks at TD Garden.
Dayton detectives have launched an operation that utilizes specially equipped tablets to lure and track thieves.
The Toccoa City Commission approves changes to the city's utility delinquency policy.
After Years of Keeping Rates Low, Coal Now Detrimental to Utility Costs.

In science:

This fact enables us to investigate asymptotic behaviors of the generalized eigenfunctions of √−∆ + V (x) by utilizing the integral equation which we shall call the modified Lippmann-Schwinger equation.
Generalized eigenfunctions of relativistic Schroedinger operators I
This was the method originally utilized by Oort to estimate the local Galactic disk density, known now as the Oort limit, ρ0 = 0.15M⊙/pc3 .
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
An alternative approach used to explore the existence of local dark matter in the Galactic disk utilizes gravitational microlensing.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
Once optimized, the final potential can then be utilized in Poisson’s equation (4) to calculate the mass density, ρ.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
Continuous spins can tilt and the system utilizes this flexibility to lower its free energy.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields