noun, plural u·til·i·ties.
Origin of utility
Examples from the Web for utility
In essence, he “invented” the idea of a utility company, which would power the light bulbs and other devices people might plug in.
According to the courts, the Internet is not considered a utility and therefore not subject to such regulations.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality|Aurora Snow|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2010, in what it says was the first such effort by a U.S. utility, APS placed panels on 125 homes in Flagstaff—for no charge.
Much like Cosmo itself, the slideshow is pretty to look at but lacking in substance and utility.I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible|Samantha Allen|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, the pair set about tapping into that world to find partners who might appreciate the utility of a dead, frozen kitten.Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors|Nina Strochlic|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To maintain their influence over men, they supply the diminution of beauty by an augmentation of utility.The True Benjamin Franklin|Sydney George Fisher
It has been well said that the words "Utility and Progress" give the keynotes of Bacon's teachings.Heresy: Its Utility And Morality|Charles Bradlaugh
Utility and convenience took the place of show and splendor.Our Hundred Days in Europe|Oliver Wendell Holmes
Measuring the practice of entails by the rule of utility, Mr M'Culloch selects two points as the principal topics of discussion.
The system, it may be noted, is as good a proof of real cost doctrine as it is of utility doctrine.The Value of Money|Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for utility
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
Word Origin for utility
Word Origin and History for utility
late 14c., "fact of being useful," from Old French utilite "usefulness" (late 13c.), earlier utilitet (12c.), from Latin utilitatem (nominative utilitas) "usefulness, serviceableness, profit," from utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)). As a shortened form of public utility it is recorded from 1930.