I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French servise, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, body of slaves, from servus slave Date: 13th century 1. a. the occupation or function of serving <
in active service
b. employment as a servant <
entered his service
2. a. the work performed by one that serves <
good service
b. help, use, benefit <
glad to be of service
c. contribution to the welfare of others d. disposal for use <
I'm entirely at your service
3. a. a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony <
the burial service
b. a meeting for worship — often used in plural <
held evening services
4. the act of serving: as a. a helpful act <
did him a service
b. useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity — usually used in plural <
charge for professional services
c. serve 5. a set of articles for a particular use <
a silver tea service
6. a. an administrative division (as of a government or business) <
the consular service
b. one of a nation's military forces (as the army or navy) 7. a. a facility supplying some public demand <
telephone service
bus service
b. a facility providing maintenance and repair <
television service
8. the materials (as spun yarn, small lines, or canvas) used for serving a rope 9. the act of bringing a legal writ, process, or summons to notice as prescribed by law 10. the act of a male animal copulating with a female animal 11. a branch of a hospital medical staff devoted to a particular specialty <
obstetrical service
II. transitive verb (serviced; servicing) Date: 1528 to perform services for: as a. to repair or provide maintenance for <
serviced the furnace
b. to meet interest and sinking fund payments on (as government debt) c. to perform any of the business functions auxiliary to production or distribution of d. of a male animal serve 10 • servicer noun III. adjective Date: 1837 1. of or relating to the armed services 2. used in serving or supplying <
delivery men use the service entrance
3. intended for hard or everyday use 4. a. providing services <
the service trades—from filling stations to universities — John Fischer
b. offering repair, maintenance, or incidental services IV. noun Etymology: Middle English serves, plural of serve fruit of the service tree, service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus service tree Date: 1530 an Old World tree (Sorbus domestica) resembling the related mountain ashes but having larger flowers and larger edible fruit; also a related Old World tree (S. torminalis) with bitter fruits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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