facility

facility
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
I
n. building, facilities; informal, washroom, toilet.See business, provision, uncleanness, facility.
II
Ease
Nouns
1. facility, ease; easiness; capability, feasibility, practicability; dexterity, skill; plain or smooth sailing, smooth water, fair wind, clear coast or stage; line or path of least resistance; full or free play (see freedom).
2. easy task, simple matter, sinecure, child's play. Informal, [lead-pipe] cinch, breeze, bed of roses, piece of cake. Slang, snap, picnic, duck soup or shoot, fun and games; gravy train, nobrainer, pushover, doss, apple pie, easy meat, milk run, skate, sleigh ride.
3. facilitation, expedition, streamlining, easing, smoothing.
4. manageability, submissiveness (see Adjectives 2).
Verbs
1. be easy, be feasible; go or run smoothly; have full or free play (see freedom); work well; flow or swim with the stream, drift or go with the tide; see one's way; have it easy, have it all one's own way, have the game in one's own hands; walk over the course; win in a walk, win hands down; take in one's stride; make light or nothing of; be at home in.
2. (make easy) facilitate, smooth, ease, lighten [the labor]; popularize; free, clear; disencumber, disembarrass, disentangle, disengage; disobstruct, unclog, extricate, unravel; leave the matter open; give the reins to; make way for, open the door to; prepare the ground or way, smooth or clear the ground; leave a loophole; spoon-feed. Informal, grease the ways or wheels. Slang, dumb down.
Adjectives
1. facile, simple, easy, effortless; feasible, practicable; easily managed or accomplished, nothing to it, easy as falling off a log, like water off a duck's back, like taking candy from a baby, easy as pie, hands-down; within reach, accessible, easy of access, open to. Informal, gut, painless, user-friendly. Slang, no sweat.
2. (easy to manage) manageable, wieldy, tractable, submissive, yielding, ductile; pliant, soft; glib; unburdened, disburdened, disencumbered, unembarrassed, unloaded, unobstructed, in the clear, untrammeled, unrestrained, free; at ease, dexterous, light; at home, in one's element.
Adverbs — facilely, easily; readily, handily, smoothly, swimmingly, on easy terms, without a hitch; single-handed; without striking a blow.
Phrases — easy come, easy go; easy does it.
Antonyms, see difficulty.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Easy skillfulness]
Syn. dexterity, adroitness, ease, fluency; see ability 2 , ease 2 .
2. [Material; usually plural ]
Syn. tools, plant, buildings; see equipment .
3. [Agency; usually plural ]
Syn. department, bureau, means, amenity; see convenience 2 , means 1 , office 3 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. ability skill, ease, dexterity, adroitness, efficiency, fluency, proficiency, effortlessness, aptitude, knack.
2. accommodation convenience, resource, means, appliance, building, room, office.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The ability to perform without apparent effort: ease, easiness, effortlessness, facileness, readiness. See EASY. 2. Ready skill in expression: fluency, fluidity. See ABILITY. 3. Anything that increases physical comfort. Often used in plural: amenity, comfort, convenience. See COMFORT.

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