utility
I. noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English utilite, from Anglo-French utilité, from Latin utilitat, utilitas, from utilis useful, from uti to use Date: 14th century 1. fitness for some purpose or worth to some end 2. something useful or designed for use 3. a. public utility b. (1) a service (as light, power, or water) provided by a public utility (2) equipment or a piece of equipment to provide such service or a comparable service 4. a program or routine designed to perform or facilitate especially routine operations (as copying files or editing text) on a computer II. adjective Date: 1851 1. capable of serving as a substitute in various roles or positions <
a utility infielder
>
2. a. kept to provide a useful product or service rather than for show or as a pet <
utility livestock
>
<
a utility dog
>
b. being of a usable but inferior grade <
utility beef
>
3. serving primarily for utility rather than beauty ; utilitarian 4. designed or adapted for general use <
a utility tool
>
5. of or relating to a utility <
a utility company
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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