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Service

[sur-vis] /ˈsɜr vɪs/
noun
1.
Robert W(illiam) 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.
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British Dictionary definitions for bobby service

service1

/ˈsɜːvɪs/
noun
1.
an act of help or assistance
2.
an organized system of labour and material aids used to supply the needs of the public: telephone service, bus service
3.
the supply, installation, or maintenance of goods carried out by a dealer
4.
the state of availability for use by the public (esp in the phrases into or out of service)
5.
a periodic overhaul made on a car, machine, etc
6.
the act or manner of serving guests, customers, etc, in a shop, hotel, restaurant, etc
7.
a department of public employment and its employees: civil service
8.
employment in or performance of work for another: he has been in the service of our firm for ten years
9.
the work of a public servant
10.
  1. one of the branches of the armed forces
  2. (as modifier): service life
11.
the state, position, or duties of a domestic servant (esp in the phrase in service)
12.
the act or manner of serving food
13.
a complete set of dishes, cups, etc, for use at table
14.
public worship carried out according to certain prescribed forms: divine service
15.
the prescribed form according to which a specific kind of religious ceremony is to be carried out: the burial service
16.
a unified collection of musical settings of the canticles and other liturgical items prescribed by the Book of Common Prayer as used in the Church of England
17.
(sport)
  1. the act, manner, or right of serving a ball
  2. the game in which a particular player serves: he has lost his service Often shortened to serve
18.
(in feudal law) the duty owed by a tenant to his lord
19.
the serving of a writ, summons, etc, upon a person
20.
(nautical) a length of tarred marline or small stuff used in serving
21.
(of male animals) the act of mating
22.
(modifier) of, relating to, or for the use of servants or employees
23.
(modifier) serving the public rather than producing goods
verb (transitive)
24.
to provide service or services
25.
to make fit for use
26.
to supply with assistance
27.
to overhaul (a car, machine, etc)
28.
(of a male animal) to mate with (a female)
29.
(Brit) to meet interest and capital payments on (debt)
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Word Origin
C12 servise, from Old French, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, from servus a slave

service2

/ˈsɜːvɪs/
noun
1.

Service

/'sɜːvɪs/
noun
1.
Robert (William). 1874–1958, Canadian poet, born in England; noted for his ballad-like poems of gold-rush era Yukon, such as 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew'; his books include Songs of a Sourdough (1907)
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Word Origin and History for bobby service

service

n.

c.1100, "celebration of public worship," from Old French servise "act of homage; servitude; service at table; Mass, church ceremony," from Latin servitium "slavery, condition of a slave, servitude," also "slaves collectively," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)).

Meaning "act of serving, occupation of an attendant servant" is attested from c.1200, as is that of "assistance, help; a helpful act." From c.1300 as "provision of food; sequence of dishes served in a meal;" from late 14c. as "service at table, attendance during a meal." Meaning "the furniture of the table" (tea service, etc.) is from mid-15c.

Meanings "state of being bound to undertake tasks for someone or at someone's direction; labor performed or undertaken for another" are mid-13c. Sense of "service or employment in a court or administration" is from c.1300, as is that of "military service (especially by a knight); employment as a soldier;" hence "the military as an occupation" (1706).

Also in Middle English "sexual intercourse, conjugal relations" (mid-15c.; service of Venus, or flesh's service). Service industry (as distinct from production) attested from 1938. A service station originally was a gas stop that also repaired cars.

type of tree or berry, extended form of serve (perhaps via Middle English plural serves being taken as a singular), from Old English syrfe, Old French sorbe, both from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus (see sorb).

v.

1893, "to provide with service," from service (n.1). Meaning "perform work on" first recorded 1926. Related: Serviced; servicing.

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