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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Use  \Use\,  n.  [OE.  us  use  usage,  L.  usus,  from  uti,  p.  p.  usus, 
  to  use  See  {Use},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  act  of  employing  anything  or  of  applying  it  to  one's 
  service;  the  state  of  being  so  employed  or  applied; 
  application;  employment;  conversion  to  some  purpose;  as 
  the  use  of  a  pen  in  writing;  his  machines  are  in  general 
  Books  can  never  teach  the  use  of  books.  --Bacon. 
  This  Davy  serves  you  for  good  uses.  --Shak. 
  When  he  framed  All  things  to  man's  delightful  use 
  2.  Occasion  or  need  to  employ;  necessity;  as  to  have  no 
  further  use  for  a  book.  --Shak. 
  3.  Yielding  of  service;  advantage  derived;  capability  of 
  being  used  usefulness;  utility. 
  God  made  two  great  lights,  great  for  their  use  To 
  man.  --Milton. 
  'T  is  use  alone  that  sanctifies  expense.  --Pope. 
  4.  Continued  or  repeated  practice;  customary  employment; 
  usage;  custom;  manner;  habit. 
  Let  later  age  that  noble  use  envy.  --Spenser. 
  How  weary,  stale,  flat  and  unprofitable,  Seem  to  me 
  all  the  uses  of  this  world!  --Shak. 
  5.  Common  occurrence;  ordinary  experience.  [R.] 
  O  C[ae]sar!  these  things  are  beyond  all  use  --Shak. 
  6.  (Eccl.)  The  special  form  of  ritual  adopted  for  use  in  any 
  diocese;  as  the  Sarum,  or  Canterbury,  use  the  Hereford 
  use  the  York  use  the  Roman  use  etc 
  From  henceforth  all  the  whole  realm  shall  have  but 
  one  use  --Pref.  to 
  Book  of  Common 
  7.  The  premium  paid  for  the  possession  and  employment  of 
  borrowed  money;  interest;  usury.  [Obs.] 
  Thou  art  more  obliged  to  pay  duty  and  tribute,  use 
  and  principal,  to  him  --Jer.  Taylor. 
  8.  [In  this  sense  probably  a  corruption  of  OF  oes,  fr  L. 
  opus  need  business,  employment,  work  Cf  {Operate}.] 
  (Law)  The  benefit  or  profit  of  lands  and  tenements.  Use 
  imports  a  trust  and  confidence  reposed  in  a  man  for  the 
  holding  of  lands.  He  to  whose  use  or  benefit  the  trust  is 
  intended  shall  enjoy  the  profits.  An  estate  is  granted  and 
  limited  to  A  for  the  use  of  B. 
  9.  (Forging)  A  stab  of  iron  welded  to  the  side  of  a  forging, 
  as  a  shaft,  near  the  end  and  afterward  drawn  down  by 
  hammering,  so  as  to  lengthen  the  forging. 
  {Contingent},  or  {Springing},  {use}  (Law),  a  use  to  come  into 
  operation  on  a  future  uncertain  event. 
  {In  use}. 
  a  In  employment;  in  customary  practice  observance. 
  b  In  heat;  --  said  especially  of  mares.  --J.  H.  Walsh. 
  {Of  no  use},  useless;  of  no  advantage. 
  {Of  use},  useful;  of  advantage;  profitable. 
  {Out  of  use},  not  in  employment. 
  {Resulting  use}  (Law),  a  use  which  being  limited  by  the 
  deed,  expires  or  can  not  vest,  and  results  or  returns  to 
  him  who  raised  it  after  such  expiration. 
  {Secondary},  or  {Shifting},  {use},  a  use  which  though 
  executed,  may  change  from  one  to  another  by  circumstances. 
  {Statute  of  uses}  (Eng.  Law),  the  stat.  27  Henry  VIII.,  cap. 
  10,  which  transfers  uses  into  possession,  or  which  unites 
  the  use  and  possession. 
  {To  make  use  of},  {To  put  to  use},  to  employ;  to  derive 
  service  from  to  use 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contingent  \Con*tin"gent\,  a.  [L.  contingens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of 
  contingere  to  touch  on  all  sides,  to  happen;  con-  +  tangere 
  to  touch:  cf  F.  contingent.  See  {Tangent},  {Tact}.] 
  1.  Possible,  or  liable,  but  not  certain,  to  occur; 
  incidental;  casual. 
  Weighing  so  much  actual  crime  against  so  much 
  contingent  advantage.  --Burke. 
  2.  Dependent  on  that  which  is  undetermined  or  unknown;  as 
  the  success  of  his  undertaking  is  contingent  upon  events 
  which  he  can  not  control.  ``Uncertain  and  contingent 
  causes.''  --Tillotson. 
  3.  (Law)  Dependent  for  effect  on  something  that  may  or  may 
  not  occur;  as  a  contingent  estate. 
  If  a  contingent  legacy  be  left  to  any  one  when  he 
  attains,  or  if  he  attains,  the  age  of  twenty-one. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contingent  \Con*tin"gent\,  n. 
  1.  An  event  which  may  or  may  not  happen;  that  which  is 
  unforeseen,  undetermined,  or  dependent  on  something 
  future;  a  contingency. 
  His  understanding  could  almost  pierce  into  future 
  contingets  --South. 
  2.  That  which  falls  to  one  in  a  division  or  apportionment 
  among  a  number;  a  suitable  share;  proportion;  esp.,  a 
  quota  of  troops. 
  From  the  Alps  to  the  border  of  Flanders,  contingents 
  were  required  .  .  .  200,000  men  were  in  arms. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  possible  but  not  certain  to  occur;  "they  had  to  plan  for 
  contingent  expenses" 
  2:  determined  by  conditions  or  circumstances  not  yet 
  established;  "arms  sales  contingent  on  the  approval  of 
  congress"  [syn:  {contingent  on(p)},  {dependent  on(p)},  {dependant 
  on(p)},  {depending  on(p)}] 
  3:  uncertain  because  of  uncontrollable  circumstances;  "the 
  results  of  confession  were  not  contingent,  they  were 
  certain"-  George  Eliot 
  n  1:  a  gathering  of  persons  representative  of  some  larger  group 
  "each  nation  sent  a  contingent  of  athletes  to  the 
  2:  a  temporary  military  unit;  "the  peace-keeping  force  includes 
  one  British  contingent"  [syn:  {detail}] 

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