Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Usage"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Usage \Us"age\, n. [F. usage, LL. usaticum. See {Use}.]
1. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment;
conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as, good
usage; ill usage; hard usage.

My brother Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose
hands He hath good usage and great liberty. --Shak.

2. Manners; conduct; behavior. [Obs.]

A gentle nymph was found, Hight Astery, excelling
all the crew In courteous usage. --Spenser.

3. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure;
custom; habitual use; method. --Chaucer.

It has now been, during many years, the grave and
decorous usage of Parliaments to hear, in respectful
silence, all expressions, acceptable or
unacceptable, which are uttered from the throne.

4. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a
particular sense or signification.

5. Experience. [Obs.]

In eld [old age] is both wisdom and usage.

Syn: Custom; use; habit.

Usage: {Usage}, {Custom}. These words, as here compared,
agree in expressing the idea of habitual practice; but
a custom is not necessarily a usage. A custom may
belong to many, or to a single individual. A usage
properly belongs to the great body of a people. Hence,
we speak of usage, not of custom, as the law of
language. Again, a custom is merely that which has
been often repeated, so as to have become, in a good
degree, established. A usage must be both often
repeated and of long standing. Hence, we speak of a
``hew custom,'' but not of a ``new usage.'' Thus,
also, the ``customs of society'' is not so strong an
expression as the ``usages of society.'' ``Custom, a
greater power than nature, seldom fails to make them
worship.'' --Locke. ``Of things once received and
confirmed by use, long usage is a law sufficient.''
--Hooker. In law, the words usage and custom are often
used interchangeably, but the word custom also has a
technical and restricted sense. See {Custom}, n., 3.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the act of using; "the steps were worn from years of use"
[syn: {use}, {utilization}, {utilisation}, {employment},
2: accepted or habitual practice [syn: {custom}, {usance}]

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