Variant of service
- the occupation or condition of a servant
- employment, esp. public employment: diplomatic service
- a branch or department of this, including its personnel; specif., the armed forces, as army, navy, or air force
- work done for a master or feudal lord
- work done or duty performed for another or others: repair service, public service
- the serving of God, as through good works, prayer, etc.
- public worship
- any religious ceremony: the marriage service
- a similar, but nonreligious, ceremony, as for a burial or marriage: graveside services
- a musical setting for a religious service
- an act giving assistance or advantage to another
- the result of this; benefit; advantage
- friendly help; also, professional aid or attention: the fee for his services
- the act or manner of serving food: a restaurant noted for its fine service
- a set of utensils or articles used in serving: silver tea service
- a system or method of providing people with the use of something, as electric power, water, transportation, mail delivery, etc.
- installation, maintenance, repairs, etc., provided by a dealer or manufacturer to purchasers of equipment
- the act or manner of serving the ball in tennis, etc., or one's turn to serve
- Archaic devotion, as of a lover to his lady
- Animal Husbandry the act of bringing a male animal to copulate with a female
- Law notification of legal action, as by the serving of a writ
- Naut. any material, as wire, used in serving (ropes, etc.)
Origin: ME servise < OFr < L servitium, servitude < servus, slave: see serf
- of, for, or in service; specif.,
- of or relating to the armed forces
- providing repair, maintenance, supplies, etc.
- providing services, rather than goods
- of, for, or used by servants, tradespeople, etc.: a service entrance
- for use during active service: a service uniform
- serviceable; durable: service weight stockings
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