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
In economics, utility is a representation of preferences over some set of goods and services. Preferences have a utility representation so long as they are transitive, complete, and continuous. Utility is usually applied by economists in such constructs as the indifference curve, which plot the combination of commodities that an individual or a society would accept to maintain a given level of satisfaction. Individual utility and social utility can be construed as the value of a utility function and a social welfare function respectively. When coupled with production or commodity constraints, under some assumptions, these functions can be used to analyze Pareto efficiency, such as illustrated by Edgeworth boxes in contract curves. Such efficiency is a central concept in welfare economics. In finance, utility is applied to generate an individual's price for an asset called the indifference price. Utility functions are also related to risk measures, with the most common example being the entropic risk measure.
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Rank popularity for the word 'utility' in Nouns Frequency: #2224
The numerical value of utility in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of utility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We expect coal-to-gas switching to drive an increase in utility gas burn in 2015 of about 1.8 bcfd.
Music is essentially useless, as life is but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
The pain of dispute exceeds, by much, its utility. All disputation makes the mind deaf, and when people are deaf I am dumb.
Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three - and paradise is when you have none.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- užitečnost, užitekCzech
- utilidad, conveniencia, proveedor de serviciosSpanish
- palvelu, hyödyke, hyödyllisyysFinnish
- utilité, utilitaireFrench
- mathScottish Gaelic
- utilità, servizio, fornitore, attrezzo, strumentoItalian
- ユーティリティ, 有用性, 効用, 実用品Japanese
- hulpmiddel, voorziening, handigheid, bruikbaarheid, hulpprogramma, handigsDutch
- użyteczność, program użytkowyPolish
- utilitate, folosRomanian
- поле́зность, утили́та, обслу́живающая програ́мма, [[полезныйRussian
- vattenverk, leverantör, applikation, kraftverk, användbarhet, lönsamhet, användbar, verk, tjänsteleverantör, verktyg, tillämpning, värmeverkSwedish
- hữu íchVietnamese
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