[ yoo-til-i-tee ]
/ yuˈtɪl ɪ ti /
noun, plural u·til·i·ties.
the state or quality of being useful; usefulness: This chemical has no utility as an agricultural fertilizer.
something useful; a useful thing.
a public service, as a telephone or electric-light system, a streetcar or railroad line, or the like.Compare public utility(def 1).
Often utilities. a useful or advantageous factor or feature: the relative utilities of a religious or a secular education.
Economics. the capacity of a commodity or a service to satisfy some human want.
the principle and end of utilitarian ethics; well-being or happiness; that which is conducive to the happiness and well-being of the greatest number.
Computers. utility program.
utilities, stocks or bonds of public utilities.
a grade of beef immediately below commercial.
(of domestic animals) raised or kept as a potentially profitable product rather than for show or as pets: utility breeds; utility livestock.
having or made for a number of useful or practical purposes rather than a single, specialized one: a utility knife.
designed chiefly for use or service rather than beauty, high quality, or the like: a utility vehicle; utility furniture.
Origin of utility
Related formsnon·u·til·i·ty, noun, plural non·u·til·i·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-utility
/ (juːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
- the quality of practical use; usefulness; serviceability
- (as modifier)a utility fabric
- a public service, such as the bus system; public utility
- (as modifier)utility vehicle
- the ability of a commodity to satisfy human wants
- the amount of such satisfactionSee disutility
Also called: utility truck, (informal) ute Australian and NZ a small truck with an open body and low sides, often with a removable tarpaulin cover; pick-up
a piece of computer software designed for a routine task, such as examining or copying files
Word Origin for utility
C14: from Old French utelite, from Latin ūtilitās usefulness, from ūtī to use
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