Definitions of serving

  1. an individual portion of food or drink; " the helpings were all small"; " his portion was larger than hers"; " there's enough for two servings each"
  2. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; " he accepted service of the subpoena"
  3. an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal; " the helpings were all small"; " his portion was larger than hers"; " there's enough for two servings each"
  4. a. & n. from Serve.
  5. Among seamen, the process of covering large ropes or cables with canvas or spun yarn to prevent friction or wearing in parts much exposed.

Usage examples for serving

  1. And this Morhange must be a man serving the interests of the Army Commission. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  2. A good- natured, elderly serving- woman, who stood at the door, explained matters. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb
  3. Here am I serving tea for the third time, and now there's the lunch to get ready. – Fruits of Culture by Leo Tolstoy
  4. Think we're serving free lunch? – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  5. Betty Dalrymple must have paid the youth well for serving her thus far. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  6. The method of serving them must also be considered. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  7. He had in it a double affection,- that of serving and being served. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. The next moment a serving- man came in, puzzled and inclined to laugh. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  9. He rang the bell once or twice, and after a while the old serving man came to him. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  10. But then one rarely does in talking to a waiter when he is serving you. – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
  11. Claude had intended to stay at home, as his cousin was not yet well enough to leave the room; but just at this time a college friend of the Rector's, hearing of his illness, wrote to propose to come and stay with him for a month or six weeks, and help him in serving his church. – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge
  12. Look here, don't you play tricks with doctors; they get such chances for serving you out. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  13. I was serving my country and doing my duty on board of a King's ship, and you were left here, and therefore lucky it was that you fell in with old Peter; but, Tom, I could not be in two places at the same time, and if I did not do my duty as a father towards you, at all events I was doing my duty to my country. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  14. To think that the Master could accuse him of serving the evil one! – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  15. You'll be serving the lady best that way. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  16. Then take him with you, I have no objection to the voyage, or serving in India which I have often wished to see. – Banked Fires by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  17. What kind of a master is he serving?" – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  18. She poured whiskey into her glass and called to the serving- man to drink it. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  19. The idea that he should find any of his own men serving on board King George's vessel was rather amusing. – Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 by James Barnes
  20. Hugo smiled, for the big serving- man had spoken with the faith of a child. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger