and of long standing. Hence, we speak of a "hew custom," but not of a "new usage." Thus, also, the
"customs of society" is not so strong an expression as the "usages of society." "Custom, a greater power
than nature, seldom fails to make them worship." Locke. "Of things once received and confirmed by use,
long usage is a law sufficient." Hooker. In law, the words usage and custom are often used interchangeably,
but the word custom also has a technical and restricted sense. See Custom, n., 3.
(Us"a*ger) n. [F. usager.] One who has the use of anything in trust for another. [Obs.] Daniel.
(Us"ance) n. [F. See Use, v. t.]
1. Use; usage; employment. [Obs.] Spenser.
2. Custom; practice; usage. [Obs.] Gower. Chaucer.
3. Interest paid for money; usury. [Obs.] Shak.
4. (Com.) The time, fixed variously by the usage between different countries, when a bill of exchange
is payable; as, a bill drawn on London at one usance, or at double usance.
(Us"ant) a. [OF.] Using; accustomed. [Obs.] "Usant for to steal." Chaucer.
(Us"begs Us"beks) n. pl. (Ethnol.) A Turkish tribe which about the close of the 15th century
conquered, and settled in, that part of Asia now called Turkestan. [Written also Uzbecks, and Uzbeks.]
(Use) n. [OE. us use, usage, L. usus, from uti, p. p. usus, to use. See Use, v. t.]
1. The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or
applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as, the use of a pen in writing; his machines
are in general use.
Books can never teach the use of books.Bacon.
This Davy serves you for good uses.Shak.
When he framedMilton.
All things to man's delightful use.
2. Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book. Shak.
3. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility.
God made two great lights, great for their useMilton.
'T is use alone that sanctifies expense.Pope.
4. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit.
Let later age that noble use envy.Spenser.
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,Shak.
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
5. Common occurrence; ordinary experience. [R.]
O Cæsar! these things are beyond all use.Shak.