|1.||[ noun ] (business) a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation|
|Related terms:||service bus_company power_company telephone_company gas_company water_company|
|2.||[ noun ] the quality of being of practical use|
|Related terms:||inutility inutility quality use function detergency instrumentality serviceability practicability practicality helpfulness useful useless|
|3.||[ noun ] (work) the service provided by a utility company|
"the cost of utilities never decreases"
|4.||[ noun ] (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice|
|Related terms:||system_of_measurement marginal_utility economics|
|5.||[ noun ] (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"
|Related terms:||program trace_program diagnostic_program input_program output_program sort_program driver utility_routine computer_science|
|6.||[ adjective ] used of beef; usable but inferior|
|7.||[ adjective ] capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team|
"a utility infielder"
|8.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||facility plumbing heating_system electrical_system|