8. 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; as, the service was tardy and awkward; a service of plate or
There was no extraordinary service seen on the board.Hakewill.
9. (Law) The act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed
by law; as, the service of a subpna or an attachment.
10. (Naut.) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc.
11. (Tennis) The act of serving the ball.
12. Act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13.
Service book, a prayer book or missal. - - Service line (Tennis), a line parallel to the net, and at a
distance of 21 feet from it. Service of a writ, process, etc. (Law), 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 (Law),
the seizing of the person or goods according to the direction. Service of an execution (Law), the
levying of it upon the goods, estate, or person of the defendant. Service pipe, a pipe connecting
mains with a dwelling, as in gas pipes, and the like. Tomlinson. To accept service. (Law) See
under Accept. To see service (Mil.), to do duty in the presence of the enemy, or in actual war.
1. Doing service; promoting happiness, interest, advantage, or any good; useful to any end; adapted to
any good end use; beneficial; advantageous. "Serviceable to religion and learning". Atterbury. "Serviceable
I know thee well, a serviceable villain.Shak.
2. Prepared for rendering service; capable of, or fit for, the performance of duty; hence, active; diligent.
Courteous he was, lowly, and servysable.Chaucer.
Bright-hearnessed angels sit in order serviceable.Milton.
Seeing her so sweet and serviceable.Tennnyson.
Serv"ice*a*ble*ness, n. Serv"ice*a*bly, adv.
(Serv"ice*age) n. Servitude. [Obs.] Fairfax.
Servient tenement or estate (Law), that on which the burden of a servitude or an easement is imposed.
Cf. Dominant estate, under Dominant. Gale & Whately.
(Serv"i*ent) a. [L. serviens, -entis, p. pr. See Serve.] Subordinate. [Obs. except in law.]
(||Ser`viette") n. [F.] A table napkin.
(Serv"ile) a. [L. servile, fr. servus a servant or slave: cf. F. servile. See Serve.]