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 Meanings and Examples of USAGE
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usage
 n.  the act of using; accepted or habitual practice; the customary manner in which a language is spoken or written
Classic Sentence: (27 in 2 pages)
1  He was a native of Cape Cod; and hence, according to local usage, was called a Cape-Cod-man.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
2  Long usage had, for this Stubb, converted the jaws of death into an easy chair.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
3  Literally this word means Fat-Cutter; usage, however, in time made it equivalent to Chief Harpooneer.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 33. The Specksnyder.
4  One morning upon handling the pumps, according to daily usage, it was observed that she made more water in her hold than common.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
5  This improvement upon the original usage was introduced by no less a man than Stubb, in order to afford the imperilled harpooneer the strongest possible guarantee for the faithfulness and vigilance of his monkey-rope holder.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 72. The Monkey-Rope.
6  His person was now protected by immemorial and sacred usage, until the tribe in council had deliberated and determined on his fate.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 23
7  In doing this, I underwent a kind of rough usage, ill befitting the wounds that my mind had sustained.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 6
8  She never battled with the public, but submitted uncomplainingly to its worst usage; she made no claim upon it in requital for what she suffered; she did not weigh upon its sympathies.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIII. ANOTHER VIEW OF HESTER
9  But now, after such dishonorable usage, who can tell what were his designs on her.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 31
10  It is not really long, in weeks or months; but, in my usage and experience, it is a weary, weary while.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 53. ANOTHER RETROSPECT
11  If I once shook the foundations of the sacred confidence and usage, in virtue of which it was given to me, it was lost, and could never be recovered.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 60. AGNES
12  Such usage shalt thou have as was once thought good enough for a noble Saxon maiden.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
13  She could not endure the idea of treachery or levity, or anything akin to ill usage between him and his friend.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 18
14  Harsh feelings produce harsh usage, and this by reaction quenches the sentiments that gave it birth.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: 6 Thomasin Argues with Her Cousin, and He Writes a Letter
15  From her workbasket in the window-seat the woman took a paper of pins, of the old long and yellow sort, whose heads were disposed to come off at their first usage.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: 7 The Night of the Sixth of November
Example Sentence:
1  The word "undertaker" had long been in common usage.
2  It's not a word in common usage.
3  With normal usage, the equipment should last at least five years.
4  This instrument will not stand rough usage.
5  Dictionary definitions tend to show stereotypical patterns of usage.
6  What drives the usage of 'God', 'Jesus', and 'Jesus Christ' as a common expletive, is heard on all sides?
7  In the wider modern usage, a spinet is a cheaper and more compact version of the full-size upright piano, used primarily in the home.
8  He moved to Berkeley as usage surged, taking a $750-a-month stipend for food and the occasional matinee movie.
9  Do the phrases that bother me qualify as variant usages, or are they simply mistakes?