Pronunciation: (i-kon'u-mē), [key]
— n., pl. adj., adv. -mies,
- thrifty management; frugality in the expenditure or consumption of money, materials, etc.
- an act or means of thrifty saving; a saving: He achieved a small economy by walking to work instead of taking a bus.
- the management of the resources of a community, country, etc., esp. with a view to its productivity.
- the prosperity or earnings of a place: Further inflation would endanger the national economy seriously.
- the disposition or regulation of the parts or functions of any organic whole; an organized system or method.
- the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something: an economy of effort; an economy of movement.
- the divine plan for humanity, from creation through redemption to final beatitude.
- the method of divine administration, as at a particular time or for a particular race.
- the management of household affairs.
- intended to save money: to reduce the staff in an economy move.
- costing less to make, buy, or operate: an economy car.
- of or pertaining to economy class: the economy fare to San Francisco.
- in economy-class accommodations, or by economy-class conveyance: to travel economy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.