- Often facilities.
- something designed, built, installed, etc., to serve a specific function affording a convenience or service: transportation facilities; educational facilities; a new research facility.
- something that permits the easier performance of an action, course of conduct, etc.: to provide someone with every facility for accomplishing a task; to lack facilities for handling bulk mail.
- readiness or ease due to skill, aptitude, or practice; dexterity: to compose with great facility.
- ready compliance: Her facility in organizing and directing made her an excellent supervisor.
- an easy-flowing manner: facility of style.
- the quality of being easily or conveniently done or performed.
- Often facilities. Informal. a rest room, especially one for use by the public, as in a theater or restaurant.
- freedom from difficulty, controversy, misunderstanding, etc.: facility of understanding.
Origin of facility
Examples from the Web for facilities
Indeed, large companies are increasingly lighting up solar panels on their facilities.Charging Up
The Daily Beast
October 28, 2014
Some facilities had begun erecting “bamboo hand washing stations” at the entrance to hospitals, but not enough.$10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters
October 7, 2014
These facilities, among other more sophisticated equipment, require central electricity.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
October 3, 2014
At the time of her arrival in 2011, many of the facilities in Liberia lacked even a single midwife, let alone trained OB/GYNs.The Only Thing More Terrifying Than Ebola Is Being Pregnant With Ebola
Kent Sepkowitz, Abby Haglage
October 2, 2014
Modi speaks of human settlements with the “heart of a village” and developing “the facilities of the city.”Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum
August 25, 2014
It's up to you to do this thing just as if you had all the facilities.The Conquest of Fear
Until 1850, the facilities for education in Toledo were all in the future.
Every year since that time they have added to their facilities.
The intelligence and facilities of Government are but one step above the barbarian.The Railroad Question
His position as deputy-mayor gave him facilities for knowing what was going on.The Downfall
- ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
- ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
- (often plural) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
- rare easy-going disposition
- military an organization or building offering supporting capability
- (usually plural) a euphemistic word for lavatory
Word Origin and History for facilities
"opportunities," 1809, plural of facility. Sense of "physical means of doing something" is from 1872.
early 15c., "gentleness," from Middle French facilité, from Latin facilitatem (nominative facilitas) "easiness, ease, fluency, willingness," from facilis "easy" (see facile). Its sense in English moved from "genteelness" to "opportunity" (1510s), to "aptitude, ease" (1530s). Meaning "place for doing something," which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872.