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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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


  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
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
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noun accessibility, readiness, handiness, attainability, obtainability the easy availability of guns
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[əˌveɪləˈbɪlɪti] ndisponibilité f
the availability of contraceptives → la disponibilité des contraceptifs
the availability of abortion
BUT l'accès à l'avortement.m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[əveɪləˈbɪlɪtɪ] ndisponibilità
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(əˈveiləbl) adjective
able or ready to be used. The hall is available on Saturday night; All the available money has been used.
aˌvailaˈbility noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n. disponibilidad, facilidad.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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Legree took a silent note of Tom's availability. He rated him as a first-class hand; and yet he felt a secret dislike to him,--the native antipathy of bad to good.
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.
The availability of improved pulses seeds varieties was comprising only 15% of the total requirements and the government was determined to enhance the capacity to provide high yielding seed varieties to enhance per-acre crop output to fulfill the domestic requirements as well as for exporting, said an official in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
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However, most of these methods depend on system availability. For example, in [2], a well-completed optimization of PV systems in Algeria was implemented by dividing the regions into four zones using sky clearness index.
The HA-Interface Certification lets customers know that by using SIOS SPS, they are deploying high availability protection designed and certified to work with any SAP landscape.
Defined availability in the SLA contracts usually refers to the average connection availability.
CBRE-EA forecasts that the ongoing pink-up in retail sales combined with limited supply will slowly decrease the national availability rate for neighborhood and community centers.
Continuous availability and disaster recovery solutions provider Neverfail announced on Tuesday the launch of the Neverfail Continuous Availability Director.