utility


utility
utility [yo͞o til′ə tē]
n.
pl. utilities [ME utilite < OFr utilité < L utilitas < utilis, UTILE]
1. the quality or property of being useful; usefulness
2. something useful
3.
a) something useful to the public, esp. the service of electric power, gas, water, telephone, etc.
b) a company or government agency providing such a service
c) [pl.] shares of stock in such a company
4. Econ. the power to satisfy the needs or wants of humanity
adj.
1. serving or designed for practical use with little or no attention to beauty
2. useful or used in a number of ways
3. designating an auxiliary player who is able to substitute at any of several positions on a baseball team [a utility infielder]
4. designating or of an inferior, usually dark, coarse grade of meat, lacking fat

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