from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being useful; usefulness: "I have always doubted the utility of these conferences on disarmament” ( Winston S. Churchill).
- n. A useful article or device.
- n. A public utility.
- n. A commodity or service, such as electricity, water, or public transportation, that is provided by a public utility.
- n. Computer Science A utility program.
- adj. Used, serving, or working in several capacities as needed, especially:
- adj. Prepared to play any of the smaller theatrical roles on short notice: a utility cast member.
- adj. Capable of playing as a substitute in any of several positions: a utility infielder.
- adj. Designed for various often heavy-duty practical uses: a utility knife; a utility vehicle.
- adj. Raised or kept for the production of a farm product rather than for show or as pets: utility livestock.
- adj. Of the lowest U.S. Government grade: utility beef.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
- n. Something that is useful.
- n. The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.
- n. A service provider, such as an electric company or water company; or, the securities of such a provider.
- n. A software program designed to perform a single task or a small range of tasks, often to help manage and tune computer hardware, an operating system or application software.
- n. The ability to play multiple positions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being useful; usefulness; production of good; profitableness to some valuable end.
- n. Adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value, 2.
- n. Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In political economics, the capacity of an object for the satisfaction of a human want.
- n. The character of being useful; usefulness; profitableness; the state of being serviceable or conducive to some desirable or valuable end.
- n. Use; profit.
- n. A useful thing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- n. (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
- n. a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
- n. the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
- adj. capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
- adj. used of beef; usable but inferior
- n. the quality of being of practical use
- n. (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer
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.
Making complex hydrocarbons obsolete in utility is something only a lawyer could come up with; sorry.
Using the utility is about as easy as it gets — just launch it and go through the screens to scan your computer for compatibility with the newest version of Windows.
Using the utility is a no-brainer: just start it up and choose whether to start the screensaver or turn off the monitor when you lock the workstation — the options for pausing media or setting your messenger status are under the Options button.
But many Web sites are network goods (in the economic as well as technical sense), such that their utility is a function of large numbers of people converging on a few big ones.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said its investigation of this type of vehicle, which it calls a utility terrain vehicle, or UTV, was prompted by various factors, including the number of accident reports and the lawsuits.
Additionally, the average roll when landing on a utility is a bit lower or higher than 7 depending on the utility and the jail strategy, which affects the rent value.
AT&T also offers what it calls utility hosting based partly on 3PAR's InServ Storage Server arrays.