What does useless mean?

Definitions for useless
ˈyus lɪsuse·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uselessadjective

    having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully

    "a kitchen full of useless gadgets"; "she is useless in an emergency"

Wiktionary

  1. uselessadjective

    Without use or possibility to be used.

    This fork has prongs that are bent. It's useless now.

  2. uselessadjective

    Unhelpful, not useful; pointless (of an action).

  3. uselessadjective

    good-for-nothing; not dependable.

    Bill never mows the lawn, takes out the trash or anything. He's useless, but I love him anyways.

  4. uselessadjective

    unable to do well at a particular task or thing. Useless is mildly insulting.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Uselessadjective

    Answering no purpose; having no end.

    Etymology: from use.

    So have I seen the lost clouds pour
    Into the sea an useless show’r;
    And the vext sailors curse the rain,
    For which poor shepherds pray’d in vain. Edmund Waller.

    The hurtful teeth of vipers are useless-to us, and yet are parts of their bodies. Boyle.

    His friend, on whose assistance he most relied, either proves false and forsakes him, or looks on with an useless pity, and cannot help him. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The waterman forlorn along the shore,
    Pensive reclines upon his useless oar. John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uselessadjective

    having, or being of, no use; unserviceable; producing no good end; answering no valuable purpose; not advancing the end proposed; unprofitable; ineffectual; as, a useless garment; useless pity

Freebase

  1. Useless

    "Useless" is Depeche Mode's thirty-fourth UK single, released on October 20, 1997, and the fourth and final single for the album Ultra. It was released with "Home" as a double A-side in the US due to "Useless" getting airplay on US radio stations before "Home" was announced. "Useless" is an industrial rock track in the vein of "Barrel of a Gun", with more of a pop twist. The single remix, by Alan Moulder, changes the intro and has an updated beat, and adds some extra synth during the chorus. It also contains more grainy vocals. The "The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session" is a very prominent remix by the DJ duo of the same name. On the US single, the single remix is replaced by the CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Edit. There are no actual B-sides for "Useless", except for remixes and live versions of the song. Some versions of the CD single feature the videos for "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good", accessible when the disc is inserted into a PC. The 1997 music video for "Useless" was the last Depeche Mode video to be directed by Anton Corbijn for more than eight years. Though he still did some work for Depeche Mode on album/single covers and tour projections/designs, the band decided to experiment with new directors for music videos. Corbijn's next project with Depeche Mode was the video for "Suffer Well".

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useless' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4186

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useless' in Adjectives Frequency: #848

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of useless in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of useless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of useless in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Marchese:

    The analogy that I use is, you own a Ferrari that has a $50 oil filter under the hood, without that oil filter, that Ferrari is useless.

  2. Del Toro:

    I made it a point to make every man in the movie useless. Normally in gothic romance you end with (the male hero) carrying the girl without a shirt and rescuing her from imminent danger, i wanted to sort of actualize the genre a little bit and make the female roles the central roles.

  3. Henry James:

    There are moods in which one feels the impulse to enter a tacit protest against too gross an appetite for pure aesthetics in this starving and sinning world. One turns half away, musingly, from certain beautiful useless things.

  4. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince:

    There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.

  5. Susan Bibeau:

    No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time, we are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless. We are both crying for them.

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