Server to Sessile
1. One who serves.
2. A tray for dishes; a salver. Randolph.
(Ser"vi*an) a. Of or pertaining to Servia, a kingdom of Southern Europe. n. A native or
inhabitant of Servia.
Service berry (Bot.), 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 (Amelanchier.)
(Serv"ice n., or Serv"ice) . [Properly, the tree which bears serve, OE. serves, pl., service
berries, AS. syrfe service tree; akin to L. sorbus.] (Bot.) A name given to several trees and shrubs
of the genus Pyrus, as Pyrus domestica and P. torminalis of 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.
(Serv"ice), n. [OE. servise, OF. servise, service, F. service, from L. servitium. See Serve.]
1. 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,Shak.
Which I will purchase with my duteous service.
God requires no man's service upon hard and unreasonable terms.Tillotson.
2. 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 service but
This poem was the last piece of service I did for my master, King Charles.Dryden.
To go on the forlorn hope is a service of peril; who will understake it if it be not also a service of honor?Macaulay.
3. Office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial; as,
a burial service.
The outward service of ancient religion, the rites, ceremonies, and ceremonial vestments of the old law.Coleridge.
4. Hence, a musical composition for use in churches.
5. 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 service abroad . . . ne maketh a worthy soldier.Spenser.
6. Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail.
The stork's plea, when taken in a net, was the service she did in picking up venomous creatures.L'Estrange.
7. Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed. "Pray, do my service to his majesty." Shak.