Crossword clues for utility
- Public ___
- One of a pair of Monopoly properties
- Gas or water
- Subject to government regulation
- 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
- (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Utility \U*til"i*ty\, n. [OE. utilite, F. utilit['e], L. utilitas, fr. utilis useful. See Utile.]
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.
(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. Walker.
Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism.
--J. S. Mill.
Syn: Usefulness; advantageous; benefit; profit; avail; service.
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 interchangeably.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "fact of being useful," from Old French utilite "usefulness" (13c., Modern French + utilité), earlier utilitet (12c.), from Latin utilitatem (nominative utilitas) "usefulness, serviceableness, profit," from utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)). Meaning "a useful thing" is from late 15c. As a shortened form of public utility it is recorded from 1930.
n. 1 The state or condition of being useful; usefulness. 2 Something that is useful. 3 (context economics English) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity. 4 (context business finance English) A service provider, such as an electric company or water company; ''or'', the security of such a provider. 5 (context computing English) A software program designed to perform a single task or a small range of tasks, often to help manage and tune computer hardware, an operating system or application software. 6 (context sports English) The ability to play multiple positions.
adj. used of beef; usable but inferior [syn: utility(a), utility-grade]
capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder" [syn: utility(a), substitute(a)]
the service provided by a utility company; "the cost of utilities never decreases"
(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
(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" [syn: utility program, service program]
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"
In economics, utility is a measure of preferences over some set of goods and services. The concept is an important underpinning of rational choice theory in economics and game theory, because it represents satisfaction experienced by the consumer of a good. A good is something that satisfies human wants. Since one cannot directly measure benefit, satisfaction or happiness from a good or service, economists instead have devised ways of representing and measuring utility in terms of economic choices that can be measured. Economists have attempted to perfect highly abstract methods of comparing utilities by observing and calculating economic choices. In the simplest sense, economists consider utility to be revealed in people's willingness to pay different amounts for different goods.
is a header file in the C++ Standard Library. This file has two key components:
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In United States patent law, utility is a patentability requirement. As provided by , an invention is "useful" if it provides some identifiable benefit and is capable of use. The majority of inventions are usually not challenged as lacking utility, but the doctrine prevents the patenting of fantastic or hypothetical devices such as perpetual motion machines.
The patent examiners guidelines require that a patent application expresses a specific, credible, and substantial utility. Rejection by an examiner usually requires documentary evidence establishing a prima facie showing that there is no specific, substantial, and credible utility.
European patent law does not consider utility as a patentability criterion. Instead, it requires that to be patentable an invention must have industrial applicability.
Utility is a measure of the happiness or satisfaction gained from a good or service in economics and game theory.
Utility may also refer to:
- Public utility, an organization that maintains the infrastructure for a public service, or the services themselves
- Utility (patent), one of the requirements for patentability in Canadian and United States patent laws
- Utility software or a utility program, a software program that functions for a particular purpose
- Utility player, a baseball player who plays more than one position regularly, usually in a reserve capacity
- Utility model, an intellectual property right to protect inventions
- Utility frequency, frequency of the alternating current (AC) in an electric power grid.
- Utility station, a radio transmitter that does not intentionally broadcast to the general public.
- Utility Radio, a radio receiver manufactured in Great Britain during the 1939–45 World War
- Utility room, a room in a house, which is the descendant of the scullery
- Utility vehicle, a vehicle that is designed for a specific task
- Utility (car), a term used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to a pickup truck or coupe utility vehicle ("ute")
- Utilities (film), a 1981 movie starring Robert Hays
- Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform, often abbreviated to "Utilities", the battledress uniform of the United States Marine Corps
- Cardinal utility
- Marginal utility
- Indifference curve
Usage examples of "utility".
Court refused to decide any constitutional issues arising out of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 except the registration provisions because the cross bill in which the company had asked for a declaration that the whole act was unconstitutional was regarded as presenting a variety of hypothetical questions that might never become real.
Yet even such may find their utility, and indirectly serve masters, perhaps sweating in the public kitchens of the high cylinders, or laboring, neck-locked, at the looms in the cloth mills, or digging, chained with others, in the sul fields.
Finn watched Cyd crouch on the parking lot floor, examining systematically, disassembling and reassembling a couple of different weapons, picking out and trying on some of the light armor, fitting out a utility belt.
She was casually dressed, but the sidearm and small utility box on a belt around her waist marked her as a cymol cop.
Baby steps toward deregulation were forcing utilities to open their transmission lines to anyone, and Skilling wanted Enron to jump in with both feet.
With deregulation spreading-cutting direct ties between utilities and the users of power-every customer could soon be up for grabs.
A symphony of glass and concrete, the towers are the corporate epicenter for Portland General Electric, a utility that served Oregon and was pushing for the deregulation of electricity.
Sure, Kean said, Enron contributed to California politicians, but so did the utilities, which fought deregulation tooth and nail.
At the beginning of their acquaintance her interest in Markham had not been unlike that of the motherly hen in the doings of the newly hatched duckling with which she differed as to the practical utility of duckponds.
In all these cases the fred, which often amounted to half the compensation, went to the folkmote, and from times immemorial it used to be applied to works of common utility and defence.
Persimmon Sea flew the Suaniset utility vehicle, an ungainly Apex A-15, lacking all style or flair and Schaine suspected that Gerd Jemasze intended nothing less than a demonstration of contempt for the fads of Olanje.
One farmer, who had complained of a saucer that had hovered over his farm for several nights in succession, was left with an incredible jump in his light bill as a strange kind of proof that the UFO had been there and had been interfering with the utilities on his farm.
Of personal contributions to the literature of the subject, during the past third of a century, nearly everything has been more or less polemical, called forth by either exaggeration of utility, inaccuracy of assertion, or misstatement of fact.
Dalik Ophon was standing next to a woman clad in combat utilities, Shalla Inam, local time liaison for AD 2294.
I left in silence, went and bought a multiburner, a cc of Codeine-Curarine, a jolter, and a utilities map, still in silence.