Webster 1913 Edition
[Properly, the tree which bears
serves, pl., service berries, AS.
syrfeservice tree; akin to L.
A name given to several trees and shrubs of the genus
Pyrus torminalisof Europe, the various species of mountain ash or rowan tree, and the American shad bush (see
Shad bush, under
Shad). They have clusters of small, edible, applelike berries.
the fruit of any kind of service tree. In British America the name is especially applied to that of the several species or varieties of the shad bush (
service, from L.
The act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another’s command; attendance of an inferior, hired helper, slave, etc., on a superior, employer, master, or the like; also, spiritual obedience and love.“O God . . . whose service is perfect freedom.”
Bk. of Com. Prayer.
Madam, I entreat true peace of you,
Which I will purchase with my duteous
Which I will purchase with my duteous
God requires no man's
serviceupon hard and unreasonable terms.
The deed of one who serves; labor performed for another; duty done or required; office.
I have served him from the hour of my nativity, . . . and have nothing at his hands for my
This poem was the last piece of
serviceI did for my master, King Charles.
To go on the forlorn hope is a
serviceof peril; who will understake it if it be not also a
Office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial;
as, a burial.
serviceof ancient religion, the rites, ceremonies, and ceremonial vestments of the old law.
Hence, a musical composition for use in churches.
Duty performed in, or appropriate to, any office or charge; official function; hence, specifically, military or naval duty; performance of the duties of a soldier.
When he cometh to experience of
serviceabroad . . . ne maketh a worthy soldier.
Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail.
The stork's plea, when taken in a net, was the
serviceshe did in picking up venomous creatures.
Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.“Pray, do my service to his majesty.”
The act and manner of bringing food to the persons who eat it; order of dishes at table; also, a set or number of vessels ordinarily used at table;
servicewas tardy and awkward; a
serviceof plate or glass
There was no extraordinary
serviceseen on the board.
The act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed by law;
serviceof a subpœna or an attachment
The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc.
The act of serving the ball.
Act of serving or covering. See
a prayer book or missal.–
a line parallel to the net, and at a distance of 21 feet from it.–
Service of a writ,
personal delivery or communication of the writ or process, etc., to the party to be affected by it, so as to subject him to its operation; the reading of it to the person to whom notice is intended to be given, or the leaving of an attested copy with the person or his attorney, or at his usual place of abode.–
Service of an attachment
the seizing of the person or goods according to the direction.–
Service of an execution
the levying of it upon the goods, estate, or person of the defendant.–
a pipe connecting mains with a dwelling, as in gas pipes, and the like.
To accept service.
To see service
to do duty in the presence of the enemy, or in actual war.
Webster 1828 Edition
1. In a general sense, labor of body or of body and mind, performed at the command of a superior, or the pursuance of duty, or for the benefit of another. Service is voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary service is that of hired servants, or of contract, or of persons who spontaneously perform something for another's benefit. Involuntary service is that of slaves, who work by compulsion.
2. The business of a servant; menial office.
3. Attendance of a servant.
4. Place of a servant; actual employment of a servant; as, to be out of service.
5. Any thing done by way of duty to a superior.
This poem was the last piece of service I did for my master king Charles.