Definition of "utility" []

  • The quality or condition of being useful; usefulness: "I have always doubted the utility of these conferences on disarmament” ( Winston S. Churchill). (noun)
  • A useful article or device. (noun)
  • A public utility. (noun)
  • A commodity or service, such as electricity, water, or public transportation, that is provided by a public utility. (noun)
  • Computer Science A utility program. (noun)
  • The quality of practical use; usefulness; serviceability (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Something useful (noun)
  • A public service, such as the bus system; public utility (noun)
  • The ability of a commodity to satisfy human wants (noun)
  • The amount of such satisfaction (noun)
  • A measure of the total benefit or disadvantage attaching to each of a set of alternative courses of action (noun)
  • A small truck with an open body and low sides, often with a removable tarpaulin cover; pick-up (noun)
  • A piece of computer software designed for a routine task, such as examining or copying files (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "utility" in a sentence
  • "That is, when we say that an agent acts so as to maximize her utility, we mean by ˜utility™ simply whatever it is that the agent's behavior suggests her to consistently desire."
  • "PKG_SOURCE: = bridge-utils-$ (PKG_VERSION). tar.gz PKG_SOURCE_URL: = @SF / bridge PKG_MD5SUM: = 9b7dc52656f5cbec846a7ba3299f73bd PKG_CAT: = zcat include $ (INCLUDE_DIR) / package. mk define Package / bridge SECTION: = base CATEGORY: = Network DEFAULT: = y TITLE: = Ethernet bridging configuration utility DESCRIPTION: = Ethernet bridging configuration utility\\\"
  • "Finally, still other neoclassicists use the term utility as a formal attribute, a common denominator, according to which all specific quests for satisfaction can be ranked, a step needed to allow mathematization and to shore up the assumption of a mono-utility world but with no substantive attributes, the great X."