Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you
  2. (noun, act) something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service
    toilet facilities
    educational facilities
  3. (noun, artifact) a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  4. (noun, attribute) a natural effortlessness
    a happy readiness of conversation
  5. (noun, cognition) skillful performance or ability without difficulty
    he was famous for his facility as an archer

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Facility

  1. early 15c., from M.Fr. facilit?, from L. facilitatem, from facilis "easy" (see facile). Its sense in English moved from "genteelness" to "opportunity" (1510s), to "aptitude, ease" (1530s). Meaning "place for doing something," which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Facility

face cloth, facilitate, faculty, faecalith, fasciolidae, fecalith, fizzle out, foucault, fusillade

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