from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Employment within a governmental system, especially within the civil service.
- n. A service performed for the benefit of the public, especially by a nonprofit organization.
- n. The business of supplying an essential commodity, such as water or electricity, or a service, such as communications or transportation, to the public.
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- n. A service asserted to be for the public good provided by a for-profit enterprise or trade association.
- n. A service, usually provided by the government, for the general public or its specific section.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
- n. a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
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I shall be very happy to receive your first Applications for whatever may be necessary for the public service and to convince you of our disposition to promote it as far as the Abilities of the State and Powers of the Executive will enable us.
The committee members, said the address, “are not so blinded by Self Love, or so lost in their own importance, as not to perceive lately that both Confidence and Authority are considerably shaken and impaired; not resting on a foundation altogether popular, their existence has been beheld with Jealousy, & by an opposition formed on mistaken or unworthy principles, their Conduct in almost every branch of the public service has been traduced and vilified.”
“You may very truly tell your antagonists,” Morris wrote to Gouverneur in April, “that from one end of this Continent to the other I can obtain Whatever is wanted for the public service by a Scrip of the pen.”
Said he, "My zeal for the public service and desire to prepare my starving regt. for battle is my sole and only fault."
Bundys public service commitment and centrist political orientation were reflected in his singular postwar achievement: co-authoring the memoirs of Stimson, the ultimate bipartisan statesman, who had been secretary of state for Herbert Hoover and twice secretary of warto William Howard Taft before World War I and to Franklin Roosevelt during World War II.
And we'll amend the Federal Work-Study program, so that nearly $250 million will help more than 200,000 college students work in part-time public service jobs each year.
They resumed broadcasts at 6:00 A.M. Sunday morning with public service programing that included church services, according to the technician logs of KGMB and KGU and schedules published in the Star-Bulletin on December 6, 1941.
I mean the Depreciation of the Continental Currency, the Enormous Pay of our army, the immense expense at which they are supplied . . . and in short the extravagance that has prevailed in most departments of the public service have called forth prodigious emissions of Paper money, both Continental and Colonial. . .
One day when he was four, I had a “go-see” with him for what I was told would be a public service ad.
He ended his career in public service as chief commissioner of the Commission of Appeals from 1870 to 1875.