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definition of the word avail

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From Middle English vailen (to be of use), from Old French valoir (to be worth), from Latin valeo (to be strong).



avail (plural avails)

  1. Benefit; value, profit; advantage toward success.
    Labor, without economy, is of little avail.
  2. Success.
    I tried fixing it, to no avail.
  3. Proceeds.
    The avails of this auction will go to the Cancer Society.
  4. (obsolete) A position of advantage over one's opponent.
    • 1895, Andrew Lang, A Monk of Fife:  
      So this friar, unworthy as he was of his holy calling, had me at an avail on every side, nor do I yet see what I could do but obey him, as I did.
  5. (obsolete, poetic) Effort; striving.
    • 1613, Thomas Campion, “Songs of Mourning”, in Poetical Works (in English) of Thomas Campion[1], published 1907, page 125:  
      And ev'n now, though he breathless lies, his sails / Are struggling with the winds, for our avails / T'explore a passage hid from human tract, / Will fame him in the enterprise or fact.
  6. (television, advertising) An unsold, available advertising slot or package.
    • 1994, Barry L. Sherman, Telecommunications Management: Broadcasting/cable and the New Technologies[2], ISBN 0070566984, page 353:  
      The salesperson at an affiliate TV station might prepare an avail which offers two weeks of spots in early and late news []
  7. (television) A timeslot set aside for an advertisement.
    • 2004, Walter S. Ciciora et al., Modern Cable Television Technology: Video, Voice, and Data Communications[3], ISBN 1558608281, page 123:  
      At an avail, the ad server plays out the MPEG-2 audio/video elementary streams.
  8. (US, politics, journalism) A press avail.
    While holding an avail yesterday, the candidate lashed out at critics.
  9. (UK, acting) Non-binding notice of availability for work.
  10. (oil industry) A readily available stock of oil.
    • 1967, Interstate Compact on Oil and Gas (10th Extension)[4], page 95:  
      Total crude oil avails (production plus purchases) of even highly "self-sufficient" refiners are far greater than their reported refinery inputs.

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