service: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sûr'vis), [key]
— n., adj., v., -iced, -ic•ing.
  1. an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.
  2. the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.
  3. the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.: The manufacturer guarantees service and parts.
  4. the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public: a television repair service.
  5. the supplying or a supplier of public communication and transportation: telephone service; bus service.
  6. the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant; occupation or employment as a waiter or servant.
  7. employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc.
  8. a department of public employment, an administrative division of a government, or the body of public servants in it: the diplomatic service.
  9. the duty or work of public servants.
  10. the serving of a sovereign, state, or government in some official capacity.
  11. in the service.
    1. the armed forces:in the service.
    2. a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy:Which service were you in during the war?
  12. the actions required in loading and firing a cannon: service of the piece.
  13. Often,the performance of any duties or work for another; helpful or professional activity: medical services.
  14. something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit: Certain books are published at a loss as a public service.
  15. Also calledpublic religious worship according to prescribed form and order.
  16. a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion: the marriage service.
  17. the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.: voluntary service.
  18. a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.
  19. a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use: a tea service; service for eight.
  20. See
  21. the serving of a process or writ upon a person.
  22. tarred spun yarn or other small stuff for covering the exterior of a rope.
  23. (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
    1. the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.
    2. the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
  24. the mating of a female animal with the male.
  25. ready to be of help or use to someone; at one's disposal: You will have an English-speaking guide at your service.
  26. to be helpful or useful: If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.
  1. of service; useful.
  2. of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food: service stairs; the service pieces in a set of dishes.
  3. supplying aids or services rather than products or goods: Medicine is one of the service professions.
  4. supplying maintenance and repair: He operates a service center for electrical appliances.
  5. of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces of a country or one of them: a service academy.
  6. charged for providing service: a service fee of 15 percent on the restaurant check.
  7. providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service: a service industry; a service contract.
  1. to make fit for use; repair; restore to condition for service: to service an automobile.
  2. to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.
  3. (of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal).
  4. to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments.


Pronunciation: (sûr'vis), [key]
  1. a service tree, esp. Sorbus domestica.
  2. the shadbush.


Pronunciation: (sûr'vis), [key]
  1. 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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