HyperDic: utility

English > 8 senses of the word utility:
NOUNgrouputility, public utility, public utility company, public-service corporationa company that performs a public service
attributeutility, usefulnessthe quality of being of practical use
actutilitythe service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
quantityutility(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
communicationutility, utility program, service program(computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer
artifactutilitya 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 / heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal
ADJECTIVEallutility, utility-gradeused of beef
allutility, substitutecapable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
utility > pronunciation
Soundsyuwtih'lahtiy
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English > utility: 8 senses > adjective 1
MeaningUsed of beef; usable but inferior.
Synonymutility-grade
BroaderinferiorOf low or inferior quality
English > utility: 8 senses > adjective 2
Meaningcapable of substituting in any of several positions on a team.
Example"a utility infielder"
Synonymsubstitute
BroadersecondaryOf second rank or importance or value
Spanishsustituto
English > utility: 8 senses > noun 1, group
MeaningA company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation.
Synonymspublic utility, public utility company, public-service corporation
Narrowerbus company, bus serviceA public utility providing local transportation
gas company, gas serviceA public utility that provides gas
power company, power service, electric company, light companyA public utility that provides electricity
telephone company, telephone service, phone company, phone service, telcoA public utility that provides telephone service
water company, waterworksA public utility that provides water
BroaderserviceA company or agency that performs a public service
Spanishempresa de servicio público
English > utility: 8 senses > noun 2, attribute
MeaningThe quality of being of practical use.
Synonymusefulness
Attributesuseful, utileOf use or service
uselessHaving no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully
Narrowerdetergency, detergencedetergent quality
function, purpose, role, useWhat something is used for
helpfulnessThe property of providing useful assistance
instrumentalityThe quality of being instrumental for some purpose
practicability, practicablenessThe quality of being usable
practicalityconcerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities
serviceability, serviceableness, usableness, useableness, usabilityThe quality of being able to provide good service
useA particular service
BroaderqualityAn essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Oppositeinutility, uselessness, unusefulnessThe quality of having no practical use
Spanishefectividad, provecho, utilidad, útil
Catalanprofit, utilitat
Adjectivesutilebeing of use or service
utilitarianhaving a useful function
utilitarianhaving utility often to the exclusion of values
Verbsutilize, utiliseput into service
English > utility: 8 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningThe service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility.
BroaderserviceWork done by one person or group that benefits another
English > utility: 8 senses > noun 4, quantity
Meaning(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice.
Categoryeconomics, economic science, political economyThe branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
Narrowermarginal utility(economics) the amount that utility increases with an increase / increase of one unit of an economic good or service
Broadersystem of measurement, metricA system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic / characteristic
English > utility: 8 senses > noun 5, communication
Meaning(computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer.
Example"a computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users"
Synonymsutility program, service program
Categorycomputer science, computingThe branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
Partsutility routine, service routineA routine that can be used as needed
Narrowerdiagnostic programA program that recognizes and explains faults in the equipment or mistakes in a computer program
driver, device driver(computer science) a program that determines how a computer will communicate with a peripheral device
input programA utility program that organizes the input to a computer
output programA utility program that organizes the output / output of a computer
sort program, sorting programA utility program that sorts data items
trace programA utility program that exhibits the sequence / sequence and results of executing the instructions in another program
Broaderprogram, programme, computer program, computer programme(computer science) a sequence / sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute
Spanishprograma de servicio, utilidad
Catalanutilitat
English > utility: 8 senses > noun 6, artifact
MeaningA 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 / heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal.
Narrowerelectrical system, electrical plantutility that provides electricity
heating system, heating plant, heating, heatutility to warm / warm a building
plumbing, plumbing systemutility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage
Broaderfacility, installationA building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
Spanishinstalación
Catalaninstal·lació

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