facility

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.

Definitions of facility
  1. noun
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
    “the assembly plant is an enormous facility
    synonyms: installation
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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
    backroom
    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
    course
    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
    drive-in
    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
    range
    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
    source
    a facility where something is available
    station
    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
    utility
    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
    archive
    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
    drop
    a central depository where things can be left or picked up
    electrical plant, electrical system
    utility that provides electricity
    emplacement
    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
    Golconda
    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
    lido
    a recreational facility including a swimming pool for water sports
    lost-and-found
    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
    museum
    a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
    naval installation, shore station
    military installation servicing naval forces
    network
    (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
    repertory
    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
    silo
    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
    substation
    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
    treasury
    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
  2. noun
    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
    latrine
    a public toilet in a military area
    men's, men's room
    a public toilet for men
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  3. noun
    a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you
    “a cell phone with internet facility
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    service
    work done by one person or group that benefits another
  4. noun
    a natural effortlessness
    “they conversed with great facility
    synonyms: readiness
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    effortlessness
    the quality of requiring little effort
  5. noun
    skillful performance or ability without difficulty
    “he was famous for his facility as an archer”
    synonyms: adeptness, adroitness, deftness, quickness
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    touch
    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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    skillfulness
    the state of being cognitively skillful
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