—n. 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. Mil. a. the armed forces: in the service. b. a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy: Which service were you in during the war? 12. Ordn.the actions required in loading and firing a cannon: service of the piece. 13. Often, services. 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 called divine service. public 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 answering service. 21. Law.the serving of a process or writ upon a person.
22. Naut.tarred spun yarn or other small stuff for covering the exterior of a rope.
23. (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
a. the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.
b. the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
24. the mating of a female animal with the male.
25. at someone's service, ready to be of help or use to someone; at one's disposal: You will have an English-speaking guide at your service. 26. be of service, to be helpful or useful: If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.
—adj. 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.
—v.t. 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. Finance.to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments.
Pronunciation: (sûr'vis),[key] —n. 1. a service tree, esp. Sorbus domestica. 2. the shadbush.
Pronunciation: (sûr'vis),[key] —n. Robert W(illiam), 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.