utility (n.)

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

    [ Syn: public utility , public utility company , public-service corporation ]

  2. the quality of being of practical use

    [ Syn: usefulness , usefulness ]

  3. the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility; the cost of utilities never decreases; all the utilities were lost after the hurricane'

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

  5. (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

    [ Syn: utility program , service program ]

  6. 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'

    utility (adj.)

  1. used of beef; usable but inferior

    [ Syn: utility-grade ]

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

    [ Syn: substitute ]

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