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English adjective: utility

1. utility used of beef; usable but inferior




2. utility capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

SamplesA utility infielder.




English noun: utility

1. utility (group) a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

Synonymspublic utility, public utility company, public-service corporation

Broader (hypernym)service

Narrower (hyponym)bus company, bus service, electric company, gas company, gas service, light company, phone company, phone service, power company, power service, telco, telephone company, telephone service, water company, waterworks

2. utility (attribute) the quality of being of practical use


Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)detergence, detergency, function, helpfulness, instrumentality, practicability, practicableness, practicality, purpose, role, serviceability, serviceableness, usability, usableness, use, use, useableness

Attributeuseful, useless, utile

Antonymsinutility, unusefulness, uselessness

3. utility (act) the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility

SamplesThe cost of utilities never decreases.
All the utilities were lost after the hurricane.

Broader (hypernym)service

4. utility (quantity) (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice

Broader (hypernym)metric, system of measurement

Narrower (hyponym)marginal utility

Domain categoryeconomic science, economics, political economy

5. utility (communication) (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer

SamplesA computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users.

Synonymsservice program, utility program

Broader (hypernym)computer program, computer programme, program, programme

Narrower (hyponym)device driver, diagnostic program, driver, input program, output program, sort program, sorting program, trace program

Part holonymservice routine, utility routine

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

6. utility (artifact) 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

SamplesThe price of the house included all utilities.

Broader (hypernym)facility, installation

Narrower (hyponym)electrical plant, electrical system, heat, heating, heating plant, heating system, plumbing, plumbing system

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