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  3  definitions  found 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  act  of  using;  "the  steps  were  worn  from  years  of  use" 
  [syn:  {use},  {utilization},  {utilisation},  {employment}, 
  2:  accepted  practice  [syn:  {custom}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  USAGE,  n.  The  First  Person  of  the  literary  Trinity,  the  Second  and 
  Third  being  Custom  and  Conventionality.  Imbued  with  a  decent 
  reverence  for  this  Holy  Triad  an  industrious  writer  may  hope  to 
  produce  books  that  will  live  as  long  as  the  fashion. 

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