Definition of Utility

1. Noun. A company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation.




2. Adjective. Used of beef; usable but inferior.
Exact synonyms: Utility-grade
Similar to: Inferior

3. Noun. The quality of being of practical use.

4. Adjective. Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team. "A utility infielder"
Exact synonyms: Substitute
Similar to: Secondary
Derivative terms: Substitute

5. Noun. The service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility. "All the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
Generic synonyms: Service

6. Noun. (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice.
Category relationships: Economic Science, Economics, Political Economy
Generic synonyms: Metric, System Of Measurement
Specialized synonyms: Marginal Utility

7. Noun. (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"

8. Noun. 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"

Definition of Utility

1. n. 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.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Utility

1. Noun. The state or condition of being useful; usefulness. ¹

2. Noun. Something that is useful. ¹

3. Noun. (economics) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity. ¹

4. Noun. (business finance) A service provider, such as an electric company or water company; ''or'', the securities of such a provider. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) A software program specifically designed to help manage and tune the computer hardware, operating system or application software, and perform a single task or a small range of tasks; as opposed to application software which tends to be software suites. ¹

6. Noun. (sports) The ability to play multiple positions. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Utility

1. the quality of being useful [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Utility

1. 1. 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." (Macaulay) 2. Adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value. "Value in use is utility, and nothing else, and in political economy should be called by that name and no other." (F. A. Walker) 3. Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, the foundation of utilitarianism. Synonym: Usefulness, advantageous, benefit, profit, avail, service. 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. Origin: OE. Utilite, F. Utilite, L. Utilitas, fr. Utilis useful. See Utile. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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