Meaning of commercial

com•mer•cial

Pronunciation: (ku-mûr'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of commerce.
  2. engaged in commerce.
  3. prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief emphasis on salability, profit, or success: a commercial product; His attitude toward the theater is very commercial.
  4. able to yield or make a profit: We decided that the small oil well was not commercial.
  5. suitable or fit for a wide, popular market: Communications satellites are gradually finding a commercial use.
  6. suitable for or catering to business rather than private use: commercial kitchen design; commercial refrigeration.
  7. (of a vehicle or its use)
    1. engaged in transporting passengers or goods for profit.
    2. civilian and public, as distinguished from military or private.
  8. not entirely or chemically pure: commercial soda.
  9. catering esp. to traveling salespeople by offering reduced rates, space for exhibiting products, etc.: a commercial hotel.
  10. (in U.S. government grading of beef&hasp;) graded between standard and utility.
  11. paid for by advertisers: commercial television.
—n.
  1. a paid advertisement or promotional announcement.
  2. (in U.S. government grading of beef&hasp;)
    1. a low-quality grade of beef between standard and utility.
    2. a cut of beef of this grade.
  3. a traveling salesperson.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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