What does the word futile mean?

Usage examples for futile

  1. To be able to use a rifle is an accomplishment as futile as to be able to stand on your head or to be able to wag your ears. – The Evolution of Sinn Fein by Robert Mitchell Henry
  2. But once more I wish to impress you with the fact that I indulge in nothing so futile as regrets for my 'past. – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  3. Alden lay on the floor, his hand stretched towards the futile spot of white beneath the table. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp