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Meaning of UTILITY

Pronunciation:  yoo'tilitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the service provided by a utility company; "the cost of utilities never decreases"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  the quality of being of practical use
  4. [n]  (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"
  5. [n]  a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  6. [n]  (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice

UTILITY is a 7 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: public utility, public-service corporation, service program, usefulness, utility program
 Antonyms: inutility, unusefulness, uselessness
 See Also: bus company, bus service, computer program, computer programme, detergence, detergency, device driver, diagnostic program, driver, electric company, electrical plant, electrical system, facility, function, gas company, gas service, heat, heating, heating plant, heating system, helpfulness, input program, installation, instrumentality, light company, marginal utility, output program, phone company, phone service, plumbing, plumbing system, power company, power service, practicability, practicableness, practicality, program, programme, purpose, quality, role, service, service, service routine, serviceability, serviceableness, sort program, sorting program, system of measurement, telephone company, telephone service, trace program, usableness, use, utility routine, water company, waterworks



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\U*til"i*ty\, n. [OE. utilite, F. utilit['e], L.
utilitas, fr. utilis useful. See {Utile}.]
1. 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.                              --Macaulay.

2. (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.                             --F. A.

3. Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the
   greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism. --J.
   S. Mill.

Syn: Usefulness; advantageous; benefit; profit; avail;

Usage: {Utility}, {Usefulness}. Usefulness has an Anglo-Saxon
       prefix, utility is Latin; and hence the former is used
       chiefly of things in the concrete, while the latter is
       employed more in a general and abstract sense. Thus,
       we speak of the utility of an invention, and the
       usefulness of the thing invented; of the utility of an
       institution, and the usefulness of an individual. So
       beauty and utility (not usefulness) are brought into
       comparison. Still, the words are often used