Definitions for utilityyuˈtɪl ɪ ti
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u•til•i•tyyuˈtɪl ɪ ti(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ties
(n.)the state or quality of being useful; usefulness.
something useful; a useful thing.
a public service, as the providing of electricity, gas, water, a telephone system, or bus and railroad lines.
Ref: public utility . 1
Often, utilities. a useful or advantageous factor or feature.
the capacity of a commodity or a service to satisfy some human want.
Ref: utility program.
utilities, stocks or bonds of public utilities.
(adj.)(of domestic animals) raised or kept as potentially profitable products rather than for show or as pets.
designed for a number of practical purposes rather than a single, specialized one:
a utility knife.
capable of serving in any of various capacities:
a utility player on a baseball team.
designed chiefly for use or service rather than beauty, high quality, etc.:
Origin of utility:
1350–1400; ME < OF < L ūtil(is) useful
utility, public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation(noun)
a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
the quality of being of practical use
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"
(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
utility program, utility, service program(noun)
(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"
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"
used of beef; usable but inferior
capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
"a utility infielder"
The ability to play multiple positions.
The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
Something that is useful.
The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.
A service provider, such as an electric company or water company or its securities.
A software program specifically designed to help manage and tune the computer hardware, operating system or application software, and perform a single task or a small range of tasks; as opposed to application software which tends to be software suites.
I've bought a new disk utility that can recover deleted files.
Origin: From utilitet (Modern French utilité), ultimately from uti.
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
adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value, 2
happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism
Translations for utility
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
Some kitchen gadgets have only a limited utility.
- مَنْفَعَه، فائِدَهArabic
- utilidadePortuguese (BR)
- die NützlichkeitGerman
- kasulikkus, kasutatavusEstonian
- gagnsemi, nytsemiIcelandic
- derīgums; pielietojumsLatvian
- nytte, anvendelighetNorwegian
- ګټور توب، خوښى، خوشالي، هوسايي: دټولو په ګټهPashto
- полезность; пригодностьRussian
- [praktisk] nytta, användbarhetSwedish
- yarar, faydaTurkish
- 用處Chinese (Trad.)
- корисність; вигідністьUkrainian
- tính hữu dụngVietnamese
- 效用Chinese (Simp.)
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