- 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 facility
They put them in key positions within the facility where they can look out for their own.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
He watched the pit grow bigger every month, despite the numerous reports he wrote about the facility.
After the federal investigation concluded, they authorized him to close the facility.
Health workers at the facility say that is the only way to stay safe because you never know who is carrying the deadly virus.
Nurses at the clinic say the facility cannot run a 24-hour shift due to fear of Ebola.
He will give you every facility when you tell him who you are.In the Midst of Alarms
They have gained in facility and wit; they have lost in poetry.A Dish Of Orts
We must repeat and again repeat; facility will come with labour.
It is not ease, but effort—not facility, but difficulty, that makes men.
He was surprised at the facility with which he attained such happiness.Father Sergius
- 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 facility
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.