[ sur-voh ]
/ ˈsɜr voʊ /
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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.
noun, plural ser·vos.
Informal. servomechanism.
verb (used with object), ser·voed, ser·vo·ing.
to connect (a mechanism) to another as a servomechanism.
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Origin of servo

1945–50; independent use of servo-, taken as an adj., or shortening of words formed with it

Other definitions for servo (2 of 2)


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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British Dictionary definitions for servo (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsɜːvəʊ) /

(prenominal) of, relating to, forming part of, or activated by a servomechanismservo brakes
noun plural -vos
informal short for servomechanism

Word Origin for servo

see servomotor

British Dictionary definitions for servo (2 of 2)

/ (ˈsɜːvəʊ) /

noun plural -vos
Australian informal a service station
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