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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. be used by; as of a utility; " The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; " The garage served to shelter his horses"
  9. an act of help or assistance; " he did them a service"
  10. the performance of duties by a waiter or servant; " that restaurant has excellent service"
  11. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; " he accepted service of the subpoena"
  12. work done by one person or group that benefits another; " budget separately for goods and services"
  13. ( 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
  14. employment in or work for another; " he retired after 30 years of service"
  15. the act of mating by male animals; " the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"
  16. tableware consisting of a complete set of articles ( silver or dishware) for use at table
  17. a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  18. ( sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; " his powerful serves won the game"
  19. ( 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
  20. make fit for use; " service my truck"; " the washing machine needs to be serviced"
  21. Alt. of Service
  22. 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.
  23. The deed of one who serves; labor performed for another; duty done or required; office.
  24. Office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial; as, a burial service.
  25. Hence, a musical composition for use in churches.
  26. 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.
  27. Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail.
  28. Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
  29. 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.
  30. The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc.
  31. The act of serving the ball.
  32. Act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Serviceably.
  36. Serviceableness.
  37. 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.
  38. Occupation of a servant; duty of any office; military or naval duty; office of devotion; benefit or assistance; set of vessels used at table.
  39. The work or position of one in the navy: military or naval duty; also, work performed for another.
  40. One's official work; religious exercise.
  41. A set of vessels, utensils, etc. for use as at table.
  42. Serviceable.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
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Quotes of service

  1. But I definitely see us playing a major role in St. Louis in the years to come. We already provide service to 95 percent of the markets St. Louis travelers visit the most. And we're adding capacity in some of the most important markets. – Gerard Arpey
  2. No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. – Calvin Coolidge
  3. Amtrak is extremely important to the economy of Southern Illinois and I will continue to work with state and local leaders and my colleagues in Congress to secure the necessary funding to maintain full service – Jerry Costello
  4. I am enormously honored to be one of the spokesmen of the New Age Womens Health Campaign, so you'll be seeing me in public service announcements and public appearances supporting the campaign. – Karen Duffy
  5. I will provide friendly and courteous service and will work closely with all departments in the county. I will abide by the Texas Information Act in providing information to the public. – Anne Grant
  6. When one loves one's Art no service seems too hard. – O. Henry
  7. The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being. – Lee Iacocca
  8. This nation can no longer tolerate the autonomous conduct of any single service A waste of the resources of America in spendthrift defense is an invitation to disaster for America. – Louis A. Johnson
  9. I'm working harder than ever now, and I'm putting on my pants the same as I always have. I just get up every day and try to do a little better than the day before, and that is to run a great restaurant with great food, great wine, and great service That's my philosophy. – Emeril Lagasse
  10. We seldom call anybody lazy, but such as we reckon inferior to us, and of whom we expect some service – Bernard de Mandeville
  11. Room service Send up a larger room. – Groucho Marx
  12. Other bands gave us lip service but when it came down to it they kind of backed off. That was a little disheartening. But I respect them. That's their business. – Mike McCready
  13. Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress. – Thorstein Veblen
  14. May I say, finally, that I have no illusions of grandeur; quite to the contrary, I am very humble in my knowledge that through forty years of my life my life has been an open book of service to my fellow architects and for the public good. – Ralph Thomas Walker
  15. But that is a valid, continuing service that that music- which is, in some cases, 80 or 90 years old- is rendering. And proving its own timelessness. – Dwight Yoakam

Usage examples for service

  1. 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
  2. " Oh, it's you that would set him on a poor woman as comes to do you a service – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  3. Is there any way in which I can be of service to you? – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  4. Hardly think we could be of service in such a case. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  5. There is no week- evening service – The Religious Life of London by J. Ewing Ritchie
  6. 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
  7. Can I be of service – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  8. It was a pleasure to be of service to you. – Leo the Circus Boy by Ralph Bonehill
  9. I don't want you to be of any service my Lord. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  10. He had been in service at the Castle all his life. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  11. We could have no service – My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915 by Monica M. Stanley
  12. University after six years' service – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  13. Will you speak, or sing, and let us know what we can do for your service – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  14. All the rest go into the merchant service – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  15. And you; are you also in the Service – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  16. 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
  17. If you are he, I think I can do you a service – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  18. And pray, sir, what may this service be? – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  19. But was it for the Company's service – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  20. 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