- the armed forces: in the service.
- a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy: Which service were you in during the war?
- the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.
- the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
verb (used with object), serv·iced, serv·ic·ing.
- servetus, michael,
- service ace,
- service area,
- service book,
- service break,
- service cap
Origin of service1
Origin of service2
Examples from the Web for services
“We met the smuggler in the train station; he came to speak with us about the services he provided,” Yazbek says.
Users “should be allowed to use these devices and services the way they were intended,” Brookman says.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Services like Airbnb, Yelp, and yes, Uber are disrupting long-established industries, from taxis to hotels.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?|Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her services include a makeup session for a night out for $50.
After signing on to the film, Moore enlisted the services of her 30 Rock costar Alec Baldwin to play her caring husband.
His work at Cambridge so offended the students that they at one time broke up the services.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)|Augustus De Morgan
So he convoyed them safely into port and would not take even the smallest present, in recompense for his services.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
These also were services found surviving, in fact and in name, amongst the later manorial services.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
These same preachers shall minister the sacraments and order their services and ceremonies as they please.Freaks of Fanaticism|Sabine Baring-Gould
For his services there, and at the subsequent arbitration in Paris, he was made a C.M.G.
- one of the branches of the armed forces
- (as modifier)service life
- the act, manner, or right of serving a ball
- the game in which a particular player serveshe has lost his service Often shortened to: serve
Word Origin for service
c.1100, "celebration of public worship," from Old French servise "act of homage; servitude; service at table; Mass, church ceremony," from Latin servitium "slavery, condition of a slave, servitude," also "slaves collectively," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)).
Meaning "act of serving, occupation of an attendant servant" is attested from c.1200, as is that of "assistance, help; a helpful act." From c.1300 as "provision of food; sequence of dishes served in a meal;" from late 14c. as "service at table, attendance during a meal." Meaning "the furniture of the table" (tea service, etc.) is from mid-15c.
Meanings "state of being bound to undertake tasks for someone or at someone's direction; labor performed or undertaken for another" are mid-13c. Sense of "service or employment in a court or administration" is from c.1300, as is that of "military service (especially by a knight); employment as a soldier;" hence "the military as an occupation" (1706).
Also in Middle English "sexual intercourse, conjugal relations" (mid-15c.; service of Venus, or flesh's service). Service industry (as distinct from production) attested from 1938. A service station originally was a gas stop that also repaired cars.
1893, "to provide with service," from service (n.1). Meaning "perform work on" first recorded 1926. Related: Serviced; servicing.
type of tree or berry, extended form of serve (perhaps via Middle English plural serves being taken as a singular), from Old English syrfe, Old French sorbe, both from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus (see sorb).
Work done for others as an occupation or business. (Compare goods.)
see at someone's service; break someone's serve (service); lip service; of service to someone; press into service.