from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act, manner, or amount of using; use: the usage of a technical term; an instrument that measures water usage.
- n. The act or manner of treating; treatment: subjected the car to rough usage.
- n. A usual, habitual, or accepted practice. See Synonyms at habit.
- n. The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community.
- n. A particular expression in speech or writing: a nonce usage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The manner or the amount of using; use
- n. Habit or accepted practice
- n. The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing.
- n. Manners; conduct; behavior.
- n. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method.
- n. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification.
- n. Experience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Use; enjoyment.
- n. The act of using.
- n. Mode of using or treating; treatment.
- n. Long-continued use or practice; customary way of acting; habitual use; custom; practice: as, the ancient usage of Parliament.
- n. Established or customary mode of employing a particular word, phrase, or construction; current locution.
- n. Manners; behavior; conduct.
- n. Synonyms Habit, Manner, etc. See custom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of using
- n. accepted or habitual practice
- n. the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written
The only way it at all bothers me in usage is when it is overused or redundant, as in, “These ONES are the shoes I want.”
The most common complaint about the European model of train usage is that it is skewed towards passenger travel.
This one over here is a word usage filter: a sort of advanced search engine, with a whole host of search parameters.
Consistency in usage is desirable but perfect consistency is very hard indeed to attain even for the most professional publishers.
Words get reused in different disciplines and words become trendy and overused, but neither of these things makes a word usage incorrect or inappropriate.
An in-class semantic (referring to the meaning of words) or verbal paraphasia is a word usage that, although imprecise, remains understandable because the approximate word or phrase relates to some characteristic of the precise word (e.g., its basic function or class).
The scientists ran linguistic crunches on the text of each email to infer how "new" its information was-judging newness by how unusual the word usage was compared with the recruiter's norm.
I would bet this usage is at home/office etc instead of being truly mobile ….
To determine if a usage is acceptable or not, it makes more sense to look at how well-regarded writers use the word, and to look at what other usage writers say about it, and the rationales they give.
This usage is a frank (and not entirely accurate) imitation of the mediaeval usage, of course.