Definitions of service

  1. a force that is a branch of the armed forces
  2. a means of serving; " of no avail"; " there's no help for it"
  3. the act of public worship following prescribed rules; " the Sunday service"
  4. periodic maintenance on a car or machine; " it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"
  5. Canadian writer ( born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory ( 1874- 1958)
  6. a stroke ( in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts the ball in play; " his powerful serves won the game"
  7. mate with; " male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
  8. an act of help or assistance; " he did them a service"
  9. the performance of duties by a waiter or servant; " that restaurant has excellent service"
  10. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; " he accepted service of the subpoena"
  11. work done by one person or group that benefits another; " budget separately for goods and services"
  12. ( common law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
  13. employment in or work for another; " he retired after 30 years of service"
  14. a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  15. ( sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; " his powerful serves won the game"
  16. ( law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
  17. make fit for use; " service my truck"; " the washing machine needs to be serviced"
  18. Alt. of Service
  19. A name given to several trees and shrubs of the genus Pyrus, as Pyrus domestica and P. torminalis of Europe, the various species of mountain ash or rowan tree, and the American shad bush ( see Shad bush, under Shad). They have clusters of small, edible, applelike berries.
  20. The deed of one who serves; labor performed for another; duty done or required; office.
  21. Office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial; as, a burial service.
  22. Hence, a musical composition for use in churches.
  23. Duty performed in, or appropriate to, any office or charge; official function; hence, specifically, military or naval duty; performance of the duties of a soldier.
  24. Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail.
  25. Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
  26. The act and manner of bringing food to the persons who eat it; order of dishes at table; also, a set or number of vessels ordinarily used at table; as, the service was tardy and awkward; a service of plate or glass.
  27. The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc.
  28. The act of serving the ball.
  29. Act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13.
  30. The act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed by law; as, the service of a subpna or an attachment.
  31. The condition or occupation of one who works for another in a menial position; duty required or performed in any office; naval or military duty; a religious ceremony; as, a church service; a set of implements for some special purpose; as, a silver coffee service; the operation of some system which supplies a public need; as, the telephone service; aid or kindness rendered to another.
  32. Serviceableness.
  33. Condition or occupation of a servant: a working for another: duty required in any office: military or naval duty: office of devotion: a musical composition for devotional purposes: labor, assistance, or kindness to another: benefit: profession of respect: order of dishes at table, or a set of them.
  34. Occupation of a servant; duty of any office; military or naval duty; office of devotion; benefit or assistance; set of vessels used at table.
  35. The work or position of one in the navy: military or naval duty; also, work performed for another.
  36. One's official work; religious exercise.
  37. A set of vessels, utensils, etc. for use as at table.
  38. Serviceable.
  39. Labour for another; the business of a servant; employment as a servant; duty; worship; business; use; useful office; public worship, or office of devotion; official religious duty; a musical composition for church use; order of dishes at table; set of vessels used together. To see service, to come into actual contact with the enemy.
  40. Labour, physical or mental, performed in course of duty, or for the benefit of another; obedience; religious rites or worship; public worship; employment; use; purpose; advantage; official duties of a clergyman; the performance of duty in the army or navy; a benefit conferred; a course, as of dishes at table; a collection of vessels used at table; among seamen, the layers of spun yarn fastened round a rope to protect it from friction.

Usage examples for service

  1. And you; are you also in the Service? – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  2. Can I be of service? – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  3. Hardly think we could be of service in such a case. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  4. Least thing we can do to nurse you round, when you have hurt yourself in our service. – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  5. University after six years' service. – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  6. He had been in service at the Castle all his life. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  7. And pray, sir, what may this service be? – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. He meant to do me a service, so I can't be angry with him. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  9. Well, I certainly am in the duke's service, but how did you find it out? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  10. If you are he, I think I can do you a service. – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  11. " Oh, it's you that would set him on a poor woman as comes to do you a service. – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  12. If any one will change clothes with me, all I have is at your service. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  13. There is no week- evening service. – The Religious Life of London by J. Ewing Ritchie
  14. But was it for the Company's service? – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  15. I don't want you to be of any service, my Lord. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  16. Is there any way in which I can be of service to you? – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve