Facility is a noun with several different meanings. Often, as in "storage facility," it's a place designed for a specific use, but it can also mean an effortlessness or ease with something.

The new stadium is a great facility for showing off Olympic winter sports. At this level, all of the ice skaters show a facility that borders on magical. Likewise, the prison is a great facility for storing prisoners. Those prisoners showed a real facility for crime. Related to the French facile, which means "easy," a person who shows a facility for something makes it seem easy. This is cool, especially if that thing is difficult — or, as the French might say, difficile.

Primary Meanings of facility

a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
a natural effortlessness
Full Definitions of facility

n a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

“the assembly plant is an enormous facility
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airfield, field, flying field, landing field
a place where planes take off and land
arboretum, botanical garden
a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
athletic facility
a facility for athletic events
the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations
cafeteria facility
(usually plural) facilities for providing food for employees or visitors
communication equipment, communication system
facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
deposit, depositary, depository, repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles
assembly, forum, meeting place
a public facility to meet for open discussion
gas system
facility (plant and equipment) for providing natural-gas service
menagerie, zoo, zoological garden
the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition
military installation
any facility servicing military forces
grid, power grid, power system
a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
a place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds
recreation facility, recreational facility
a public facility for recreation
sewage system, sewage works, sewer system
facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
a facility where something is available
a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose
transit, transportation, transportation system
a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal
water, water supply, water system
a facility that provides a source of water
aerodrome, airdrome, airport, drome
an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo
airstrip, flight strip, landing strip, strip
an airfield without normal airport facilities
air transportation system
a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
a depository containing historical records and documents
armory, armoury, arsenal
a military structure where arms and ammunition and other military equipment are stored and training is given in the use of arms
auxiliary airfield
an airfield that functions in a subsidiary capacity
bank, bank building
a building in which the business of banking transacted
base, base of operations
installation from which a military force initiates operations
broadcast station, broadcasting station
a station equipped to broadcast radio or television programs
a central depository where things can be left or picked up
electrical plant, electrical system
utility that provides electricity
military installation consisting of a prepared position for siting a weapon
FOTS, fiber-optic transmission system, fibre-optic transmission system
a communication system using fiber optic cables
field house
an athletic facility where athletes prepare for sport
fire station, firehouse
a station housing fire apparatus and firemen
first-aid station
a station providing emergency care or treatment before regular medical aid can be obtained
football stadium
a stadium where football games are held
a source of great wealth (especially a mine)
gold mine, goldmine
a good source of something that is desired
golf course, links course
course consisting of a large landscaped area for playing golf
gym, gymnasium
athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
HQ, headquarters, military headquarters
the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
heat, heating, heating plant, heating system
utility to warm a building
highway system
a transportation system consisting of roads for motor transport
depository library, library
a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
a recreational facility including a swimming pool for water sports
repository in a public building where lost articles can be kept until their owners reclaim them
military post, post
military installation at which a body of troops is stationed
a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
naval installation, shore station
military installation servicing naval forces
(broadcasting) a communication system consisting of a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programs
observation station
a station set up for making observations of something
plumbing, plumbing system
utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage
police headquarters, police station, station house
a station that serves as headquarters for police in a particular district; serves as a place from which policemen are dispatched and to which arrested persons are brought
power plant, power station, powerhouse
an electrical generating station
practice range
a place for practicing golf shots
public transit
a public transportation system for moving passengers
racecourse, racetrack, raceway, track
a course over which races are run
a storehouse where a stock of things is kept
rifle range
a range where people can practice shooting rifles
service station
a station where gasoline and oil are sold and facilities are available for repairing or maintaining automobiles
short line
a transportation system that operates over relatively short distances
military installation consisting of an underground structure where ballistic missiles can be stored and fired
sperm bank
a depository for storing sperm
depot, entrepot, storage, store, storehouse
a depository for goods
a subsidiary station where electricity is transformed for distribution by a low-voltage network
natatorium, swimming bath, swimming pool
pool that provides a facility for swimming
telferage, telpherage
a transportation system in which cars (telphers) are suspended from cables and operated on electricity
depot, terminal, terminus
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
test range
a range for conducting tests
a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
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artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service

“catering facilities
“toilet facilities
“educational facilities
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comfort station, convenience, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, restroom, toilet facility, wash room
a toilet that is available to the public
ladies' room, powder room
a woman's restroom in a public (or semipublic) building
a public toilet in a military area
men's, men's room
a public toilet for men
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you

“a cell phone with internet facility
Type of:
work done by one person or group that benefits another

n a natural effortlessness

“they conversed with great facility
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the quality of requiring little effort

n skillful performance or ability without difficulty

“he was famous for his facility as an archer”
adeptness, adroitness, deftness, quickness
deftness in handling matters
dexterity, manual dexterity, sleight
adroitness in using the hands
capstone, copestone, finishing touch
a final touch; a crowning achievement; a culmination
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the state of being cognitively skillful

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