- acting as part of a servomechanism: servo amplifier.
- pertaining to or having to do with servomechanisms: servo engineer.
- noting the action of certain mechanisms, as brakes, that are set in operation by other mechanisms but which themselves augment the force of that action by the way in which they operate.
- Informal. servomechanism.
- to connect (a mechanism) to another as a servomechanism.
Origin of servo
1945–50; independent use of servo-, taken as an adj., or shortening of words formed with it
- a combining form used in the names of devices or operations that employ a servomechanism: servocontrol.
Origin of servo-
extracted from servomotor
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Examples from the Web for servo
A servo mechanism somewhere in the ship started a small motor.First on the Moon
He bowed, "Servo suo, Signora Virginia," and opened the door for her.Ragna
Anna Miller Costantini
With slow precision he set the servo fixes on the huge gray hulk looming up in the viewer, and then snapped the switches sharply.Derelict
Alan Edward Nourse
The servo motors whined a bit as the detector unit came to life and tightened the grasp of the cuffs, limiting his movement.The Ethical Engineer
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
"It would take a pretty big one to damage a servo bearing," Cade commented.All Day September
- (prenominal) of, relating to, forming part of, or activated by a servomechanismservo brakes
- informal short for servomechanism
- Australian informal a service station
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Word Origin and History for servo
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