from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Ease in moving, acting, or doing.
  • noun An ability or talent; an aptitude.
  • noun A building, room, array of equipment, or a number of such things, designed to serve a particular function.
  • noun Something that facilitates an action or process.
  • noun Informal A restroom or public toilet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being easily done or performed; freedom from difficulty; ease: as, the facility of an operation.
  • noun Ease in doing or performance; readiness proceeding from skill or practice; dexterity: as, he performed the work with great facility.
  • noun Easiness to be moved or persuaded; readiness of compliance; pliancy; specifically, in Scots law, a degree of mental weakness short of idiocy, but justifying legal intervention.
  • noun Easiness of access; complaisance; affability; urbanity.
  • noun The means by which the performance of anything is rendered more easy; convenience; assistance; advantage: usually in the plural: as, facilities for traveling or for study.
  • noun Expertness, Knack, etc. (see readiness), ability, quickness.
  • noun Civility.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being easily performed; freedom from difficulty; ease.
  • noun Ease in performance; readiness proceeding from skill or use; dexterity.
  • noun Easiness to be persuaded; readiness or compliance; -- usually in a bad sense; pliancy.
  • noun Easiness of access; complaisance; affability.
  • noun That which promotes the ease of any action or course of conduct; advantage; aid; assistance; -- usually in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a natural effortlessness
  • noun a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  • noun skillful performance or ability without difficulty
  • noun something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service
  • noun a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French facilité, and its source, Latin facilitās.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word facility.


  • We've also made significant progress on a term facility which when put in place will allow us to continue our core debt origination business in a way that will be accretive to NorthStar.

    unknown title 2011

  • Did you say that you expect to refile your term facility before the July 2012 expiration of the revolver?

    unknown title 2012

  • Its main facility is a state-of-the-art industrial plant just off the airport strip in Londonderry, N.H., where it handles milk from other farms.

    The Organic Myth Steve Carper 2006

  • Its main facility is a state-of-the-art industrial plant just off the airport strip in Londonderry, N.H., where it handles milk from other farms.

    Archive 2006-11-01 Steve Carper 2006

  • Under the term facility, Amegy will make individual term loans for new Company store development over the next year.

    News 2010

  • Well, the best example I can think of that combines "secure underground bunker" and "happy place" is the title facility from

    Slashdot: Ask Slashdot 2010

  • Loans made under the term facility and the revolving facility will bear interest, at

    DineEquity, Inc. Announces Signing of $950 Million Senior Secured Credit Facility - Yahoo! Finance 2010

  • Loans made under the term facility and the revolving facility will generally bear interest at a rate based on LIBOR (which will, with respect to the term loan B facility, be subject to a floor of 1.50%) plus a margin.

    DaVita Inc. Announces Signing of New $3 Billion Secured Credit Agreement - Yahoo! Finance 2010

  • The largest maturity is $165 million related to the term facility underlying a group of properties being marketed for sale by the joint venture with various of Prudential Real Estate investments sponsored funds. Home Page 2009

  • On April 7, 2008, the Partnership entered into an interest rate swap agreement, which fixed the variable portion of the term facility's interest at 3. 29%, which when added to the 1% stamp fee, results in an annual interest rate of 4. 29%, excluding legal and associated costs, over the term of the facility.

    Marketwire - Breaking News Releases 2009

  • Geoff Nunberg went to the mike and professed himself shocked that everyone had paid so little attention to the ghastly government euphemism tender-age shelter (also tender-age camp, tender-age facility, and other variants), applied to the places in three towns about 300 miles outside Houston where migrant children separated from families that crossed the Mexican border are being interned.

    Can a Word Capture the Zeitgeist of a Year? No. Maybe. Yes It Can. John Moore, Getty Images 2019


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.