Definition - utility

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utility
  1. the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility; "the cost of utilities never decreases"; "all the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
  2. 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"
  3. the quality of being of practical use
  4. capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder"
  5. (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"
  6. used of beef; usable but inferior
  7. a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  8. (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice