1. [ noun ] (business) a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
Synonyms: public_utility public-service_corporation
Related terms: service bus_company power_company telephone_company gas_company water_company
2. [ noun ] the quality of being of practical use
Synonyms: usefulness
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"

Related terms: service
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
Synonyms: service_program utility_program

"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
Synonyms: utility-grade
Related terms: inferior
7. [ adjective ] capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
Synonyms: substitute

"a utility infielder"

Related terms: secondary
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