service
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

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