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1. Present and ready for use; at hand; accessible: kept a fire extinguisher available at all times.
2. Capable of being gotten; obtainable: a bedspread available in three colors.
3. Qualified and willing to serve or assist: a list of available candidates; was not available for comment.
a. Chemistry Capable of being used in a chemical reaction: available electrons.
b. Botany Present, as in soil, and capable of being used by plants as a nutrient: available water; available minerals.

a·vail′a·bil′i·ty, a·vail′a·ble·ness n.
a·vail′a·bly adv.


  1. About as hard to get as lion shit in Africa —Stephen Longstreet
  2. Accessible as a candidate looking for another hand to shake —Mike Sommer
  3. Accessible as a hooker plying her trade —Anon
  4. As unattainable, as desirable, as beauty —Margaret Sutherland


  5. (Drinks here) flow like cement —John Mortimer, Public Television series, “Paradise Postponed,” 1986
  6. Has been handed round like snuff at a wake —Ellen Currie

    The descriptive frame of reference is a promiscuous girl.

  7. Inaccessible as time —Alice McDermott

    In her novel, That Night, the author talks about old neighborhoods from which parents have moved away and now say “You can’t go there anymore” as if change made a place inaccessible as time.

  8. Laying around like pop-corn —Clifford Odets

    Odets follows this up with “You think good boys are laying around like pop-corn?”

  9. Like an apple hanging on a tree, waiting for somebody to come along and pick it —Lee Smith
  10. Like Meissen china in a glass case, the admiration [for an appealing but inaccessible woman] had to be kept at a distance —Jilly Cooper
  11. Lived high up [in an apartment complex] … as accessible as a bald Rapunzel —William Mcllvanney
  12. Unobtainable as a taxi when it rains —Anon
  13. Untouchable as God —Erich Maria Remarque
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.availability - the quality of being at hand when neededavailability - the quality of being at hand when needed
convenience - the quality of being useful and convenient; "they offered the convenience of an installment plan"
command - availability for use; "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
print - availability in printed form; "we've got to get that story into print"; "his book is no longer in print"
inaccessibility, unavailability - the quality of not being available when needed


noun accessibility, readiness, handiness, attainability, obtainability the easy availability of guns
تَوَافُرتَوافُر، تَيَسُّـر، سُهولَة الحُصول عَلى
beschikbaarheidvoorhanden zijn
bulunma, mevcudiyethazır bulunmamevcut olma
sự sẵn có


[əˌveɪləˈbɪlɪtɪ] N
1. [of goods, tickets] → disponibilidad f
the high crime rate is due to the easy availability of gunsel alto índice de criminalidad se debe a la fácil disponibilidad de armas or a lo fácil que es conseguir armas
..., subject to availability (goods) → ..., siempre que haya existencias
2. [of person] this depends on your availability for workesto depende de si estás disponible para trabajar


[əˌveɪləˈbɪlɪti] ndisponibilité f
the availability of contraceptives → la disponibilité des contraceptifs
the availability of abortion
BUT l'accès à l'avortement.m


n (of object)Erhältlichkeit f; (Comm) (from supplier also) → Lieferbarkeit f; (of stock) → Vorrätigkeit f; (of worker, means, resources)Verfügbarkeit f; the market price is determined by availabilityder Marktpreis richtet sich nach dem vorhandenen Angebot; because of the greater availability of their product …weil ihr Produkt leichter erhältlich/lieferbar ist …; we’d like to sell you one, but it’s a question of availabilitywir würden Ihnen gern eines verkaufen, das hängt aber davon ab, ob es erhältlich/lieferbar ist; offer subject to availability while stocks last(das Angebot gilt) nur solange der Vorrat reicht; greater availability of jobsgrößeres Stellenangebot; because of the limited availability of seatsweil nur eine begrenzte Anzahl an Plätzen zur Verfügung steht; to increase the availability of culture to the massesbreiteren Bevölkerungsschichten den Zugang zu Kultur erleichtern; his availability for discussion is, I’m afraid, determined by …ob er Zeit für eine Besprechung hat, hängt leider von … ab


[əveɪləˈbɪlɪtɪ] ndisponibilità


(əˈveiləbl) adjective
able or ready to be used. The hall is available on Saturday night; All the available money has been used.
aˌvailaˈbility noun


تَوَافُر dostupnost tilgængelighed Verfügbarkeit διαθεσιμότητα disponibilidad saatavuus disponibilité dostupnost disponibilità 有用性 가용성 beschikbaarheid tilgjengelighet dostępność disponibilidade доступность tillgänglighet มีผลใช้ได้ bulunma, mevcudiyet sự sẵn có 可用性


n. disponibilidad, facilidad.
References in classic literature ?
Instead of discussing her claim to rank among ladies, it would be preferable to regard Phoebe as the example of feminine grace and availability combined, in a state of society, if there were any such, where ladies did not exist.
This faith, more than anything else, steals the pith and availability out of whatever enterprise he may dream of undertaking.
This absorption's effect on availability was minimal, however, as availability rose less than 1% from last December to 4.
This growing importance of information availability is the byproduct of a mega-change in the importance of data--its accumulation and how it is processed, accessed, shared and transformed for competitive advantage.
In the first-ever substantial availability study of non-specialized servers running Windows Server in real business environments, Unisys found that 78 percent of the systems delivered 100 percent non-stop availability.
In January of this year, SteelEye announced a Software Development Cooperation Agreement with SAP aimed at providing SAP customers with advanced solutions and support for High Availability of mySAP Business Suite on Linux.
Marathon Technologies Corporation, the leading provider of high availability software for Microsoft([R]) Windows([R]) environments, announced today that Uniadex, Ltd.
This can have severely negative effects on system uptime and availability.
The overall availability rate in Midtown South declined from 13.
The RainWall High Availability Platform comprises: RainWall for leading firewalls and VPN servers; RainWall for content security servers, such as gateway anti-virus protection and content filtering solutions; and RainConnect, the first software traffic management server solution for multi-homed networks.
Marathon Technologies Corporation, the leading provider of high availability software for Microsoft([R]) Windows([R]) environments, announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with AimNet Solutions, a managed network and professional services company.
3 million SF and the availability rate decreased half a point to 20.